11 Years Old Girl Set On Fire By Her Nurse For Complaining Of Hunger (photo)

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Doctors at the General Hospital, Gbagada,

Lagos, southwest Nigeria, are seriously

battling to save the life of an 11-year old girl,

Ita Bassey-Eno, who was allegedly set

ablaze by the woman she lives with, Mrs

Nkese Iroakazi, a nurse at a hospital in


Iroakazi was alleged to have poured

kerosene on Bassey-Eno before lighting a

match stick to set her ablaze after the girl

was said to have stolen a piece of meat

from the pot.

Witnesses said the girl ran out of their

apartment at 7, Adeniran Ogunsanya

Street, Surulere, unto to the main road with

fire all over her body as she cried for help

from passers-by to rescue her.

It was gathered that someone quickly

stopped his vehicle and used his fire

extinguisher to put out the flame on her


The incident, which occurred last Saturday,

was immediately reported at the Bode

Thomas Police Station and the police from

the station arrested Mrs. Nkese.

The little girl was rushed to the Burns and

Trauma Centre, an annex of the Lagos State

University Teaching Hospital at the General

Hospital, Gbagada, for urgent attention as

the doctors in the hospital said she had

suffered 95 percent burns and would take

a miracle for her to survive.

Bassey-Eno’s private part was damaged,

while almost all her body is burnt. The

whole of her body, except her face and her

feet, are bandaged, while she wears

pampers because her private part was


On her hospital bed on Monday when

WAPBAZE.COM visited, the little was groaning in

pains while health officials described Nkese

as callous woman and that she must be

made to face the music.

Executive Director, Esther Child Rights

Foundation, ECRF, Mrs. Esther Ogwu, who

was at the hospital to see the girl, wept

when she saw her pathetic state, saying

that in all her life as human rights activist,

she had never come across such a

gruesome case as that of the little girl.

According to Ogwu, “the situation is

terrible. The doctor said the girl suffered 95

percent burns and that her private part has

been damaged. This woman is more than

wicked. Justice must take its course.

“One of the health officials at the General

Hospital, Gbagada called me and said a

woman poured kerosene on the little girl

staying with her and lit up a match stick

and set her ablaze. The girl ran out of the

house to the main road where a Good

Samaritan used her car fire extinguisher to

put out the fire.”

Little Bassey-Eno, who hails from Akwa

Ibom State, southsouth Nigeria, was

brought from the village with another girl,

Happiness Okon-Bassey, 13, to live with

Nkese in June 2013 on the premose that she

would send them to school, but that was

not to be as the two girls allegedly

performed the function of domestic

servants for Nkese.

The second house girl, Okon-Bassey, said

she did not see when her colleague was set

ablaze but that she heard her screaming

when their mistress was beating her

shortly before the she saw flame all over

her body when she ran outside their


She alleged that they were maltreated and

beaten thoroughly very often and that they

had no time to rest as they work almost

throughout the day for their mistress

without going to school, saying that they

normally eat twice daily.

Daughter of the alleged culprit, Ijeoma Akiti,

27, said she was not at home when the

incident occurred and that she could not tell

whether her mother poured kerosene on

the little girl’s body and set her ablaze, but

that she heard such story at the police


She said her mother was first married to

her father and later remarried into the

family of Iroakazi and that her mother’s

husband had gone on a business trip to the

eastern part of Nigeria.

At the Bode Thomas Police Station, police

sources alleged that the little girl confessed

that her mistress poured kerosene on her.

The police at the station said the woman

would be transferred to the State Criminal

Investigation Department, SCID, Panti for

further investigation into the matter, but

Ogwu alleged that the police were trying to

shield the woman from prosecution.

In her statement at the police station,

Iroakazi denied that she poured kerosene

on the little girl’s body and set her ablaze.

According to her, she was in the sitting

room when she heard a loud cry and

rushed out only to see the girl on fire and

called on people to help put out the fire.

Officials of the Lagos State Ministry of

Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation,

WAPA, were at the hospital and the police

station where they spoke with the woman,

but she denied the story.

WAPA officials took Okon-Bassey, the

second girl with them for rehabilitation

pending when she would be reconciled

with her real mother.



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