If names are given to influence circumstance or situation, definitely,
Happiness has turned out to be a misnomer for a housemaid, who goes by
By her name, she does not deserve what befell her last Monday. Since
last Monday, Happiness Chukwunyere has not known happiness. She is now
writhing in anguish and pains in a hospital following a brutal torture
by her two female relations over N2,000 said to have missed in the
Happiness, 13, lives in Ibadan, Oyo State with a woman, who is a
relation of her father.
According to her, she came to live with the woman September last year
and was made to repeat Primary Six because she did not come with her
testimonial which would lend credence to her being promoted to a new
Her parents live at Obigbo, Rivers State.
The woman she is living with saw the need for Happiness to go to Lagos
and spend the long vacation if for nothing at least for a change of
environment. The holiday trip brought her to Ojo, Lagos where she stays
with a sister to her madam in Ibadan. The holiday had been blissful
until last Monday.
Chibuzor, a banker and her pregnant sister, Chizoba are the two
daughters of the woman Happiness is spending her holidays with in Lagos.
They live in Shomolu, Lagos.
According to Happiness, the female banker had sent the sum of N58,000 to
their mother. After some days, when the need for the money arose, the
woman counted the money and found out that what was available was
N56,000. She phoned her daughter, the banker who maintained that the
money was N58,000. She directed her mother to question Happiness over
the missing money because according to her, only Happiness would know
about the missing money. The old woman did accordingly and asked
Happiness who denied knowledge of the missing money.
Road to torture
According to Happiness, after vouching her innocence, Chibuzor and
Chizoba were still not convinced. “They requested their mother to send
me to them at Shomolu for me to tell them truth. When I arrived, after
quizzing me, I still maintained my innocence; they brought out scissors
and cut part of my hair. They stripped me and tied my two hands behind
my back and started flogging me with canes”.
According to her, after the two canes got broken into pieces without her
admitting knowledge of the missing money, they sent a boy of about eight
years old living with them to boil water which they doused her with.
“They also used hot electric iron on my buttock, belly and lap.”
After this torture, I fainted. Instead of reviving me with cold water,
they poured hot water on me. Chizoba, the one that is pregnant said “she
has seen the person to kill today. They later locked me in one of the
rooms and used a live wire to cross the door so that I will be
electrocuted if I want to escape. Thank God NEPA took the light and
never brought it back until I escaped” she narrated.
My miraculous escape
While I was locked up in the room, the little boy living with Chibuzor
and Chizoba was sleeping in the sitting room. Because her hands were
swollen and lacerated as a result of the cord tied on them and the
canning, she could not knock hard on the door instead she was banging
the door with her head. When this did not produce an impact, she
painfully rolled wrappers on her bruised hands and exerted the pressure
of her life on the door. Luckily, the door opened. She ran out to the
street half naked. Not knowing where she was as that was her first time
of being to Shomolu, she asked one man how she would get to Okokomaiko.
The good Nigerian took her to the police station.
The degree of injury inflicted on her is beyond description. After three
days in the hospital, the swollen hands are yet to return to normal.
Every part of the skin is lacerated including the breast and upper part
of the pubic region. The impression of hot electric iron is on her left
lap, buttocks and her belly.
The two ladies from hell as at Thursday evening were in detention at the
Alade Police Station in Shomolu. From Saturday Sun’s findings at the
station, there were serious pressures from relations of the ladies who
did this evil on the police to release the duo, according to them, so
that the lady banker with a new generation bank whose name comes in
three letters, with the word ‘Bank’ preceding the three letters would
return to her work.
As Saturday Sun visited the station as part of the routine duty of
getting to police stations on daily basis to see what is happening, news
of this gory incident filtered in and it was necessary to hang around
and get the full details without disclosing press identity.
Relations of the lady banker and her pregnant sister were rather more
interested in the job of their lady and making efforts that the incident
involving the ladies from Mbano in Imo State doesn’t get press
attention. It was rather surprising watching all of them gather to
pester the police not to allow the ladies get embarrassed as the ‘devil
caused the whole thing’.