Eze’s wife was not available for comments when our correspondent visited. But the husband said she was not involved in the incident.
Chinecherem’s predicament has however been condemned by gender and human rights activists who have vowed to monitor the development to prevent the case from being swept under the carpet.
A gender activist and Executive Director of Centre for Children’s Health, Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE), Betty Abah said: “It is quite appalling how families treat house-helps across Nigeria. This case is just one of the probably thousands of cases. I am aware that sexual violence is very rampant with regards to house helps and their Madams’ husbands, sons or males figures in houses where they work. We actually had a case last year where the girl, brought in from Benue, had been impregnated after she had been sexually abused in about three of the four she worked last year. By the time we met her and stepped in towards her rehabilitation and involved NAPTIP, she was about six months pregnant, stranded at the Iddo Motor Park in Lagos and had no idea whom in particular she was pregnant for.
“Our law enforcement agencies really need to step uptheir games and ensure thorough punishment for this kind of case. This is sexual assault, this is sex with a minor and also threat, which are all punishable by law. The wicked Madam and her randy husband must be told that there is a limit to impunity and that they can’t just treat anyone one, house helps or night in such dehumanizing way. We will be watching to see what becomes of this case.”