A Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (MSCDC) officer identified as Ugwueze Ezekiel reportedly stated that he has every right to discipline his sisters after photos of injuries he inflicted on his teenage sister came online.
Over the past weekend, the officer was alleged to have tortured and brutalise his 19-year-old sister, Amarachi Ugwueze, a microbiology student in the University of Abuja, for refusing to surrender her mobile phone to him after he accused her of having a boyfriend.
The incident, said to have happened at Aviation Estate in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Wednesday, left the teenage with a number of injuries.
Ezekiel was also accused of being in the habit of torturing his two sisters over suspicions that they had boyfriends.
The latest incident occurred on Wednesday, April 20 when Ugwueze Ezekiel reportedly returned from work and ordered Amarachi to give him her phone with the aim of going through her text messages but she refused.
Triggered by this, the NSCDC personnel allegedly attacked her and forcibly seized the mobile phone. He then reportedly locked her up in a room throughout the night where he physically assaulted her.
The victim told SaharaReporters,
“After he seized my first phone, I retrieved my SIM to get my contacts back with another phone my friend, Chisom, gave to me.
“Last Wednesday night when he came home, he asked for the new phone my friend gave me but I refused to give him. He immediately started hitting my head on the wall, slapping and using a stick to hit my legs. I had to bring out the phone because the beating was much.
“After that, he asked me to lie on the floor and was flogging me with a cable and belt and sized my admission letter and certificate.”
Amarachi and her sister, Chidinma Ugwueze, 21, later fled the house over fears of further torture from their brother. When photos of the injuries inflicted on Amarachi went viral, an NGO stepped in to seek justice for the sisters.
Tracy Mcwary, founder of an eponymous foundation, took to her Facebook to reveal that she has spoken with the sisters and also with their brother, the NSCDC official.
She added that she has everything recorded and that the brother said: “They are my sisters and I have every right to discipline them. I only flogged them with belt.”