The Ogun State Police Command in conjunction with a Non-Governmental Organisation Women Arise For Change Initiative led by Dr Joe Okei Odumakin recently arrested one Okanlawon Omowunmi, of Arepo Area Ogun state for maltreating her house helps.
The suspect’s neighbours confirmed that she is fond of maltreating her house helps, and when they could no longer bear such again, they intimated the NGO about her wicked attitudes towards her house helps. Women Arise for Change Initiative then informed the Police detectives attached to Ibafo Divisional Headquarters and arrested Omowunmi, while they rescued the 2 young girls. The detectives were told that the maltreatment had gone on for years.
While confirming the arrest, the Police Command’s spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi disclosed that Omowunmi,29, and mother of one, was fond of “beating, chaining and subjecting all her house helps to hard labour and psychological trauma which is criminal,, even, barbaric in nature”.
He also stated that the sequel to the order from the Commissioner of Police Ogun State, CP Ikemefuna Okoye, Omowunmi bas been charged to Owode Magistrate Court on a 2 count charge bordering on child labour and child abuse, with Charge No MOO/207C/2014.
She was however admitted to bail in the sum of N 50,000(fifty thousand naira only) and surety with Tax Payment plus property in Ogun State.
The case was adjourned till 21sh July 2014
The Commissioner of Police, Ogun State appreciated those who informed the NGO and the Police of the antecedents of Omowunmi in order to liberate the victims who had been chained for days. And he has promised to work hard with all relevant groups, individuals and governmental agencies to stop child abuse, child labour, domestic(or gender) violence and human trafficking in the state.
CP Okoye specially appreciated Dr Joe Okei Odumakin for her efforts towards putting a stop to such criminal acts and supports for the command so far; and promised the command’s commitment to ensure that justice is done in all cases being handed by the command.