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Girl, 10, cut with a knife and beaten mercilessly by her pregnant madam for eating children’s food.

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A pregnant mother-of-four has been arrested for torturing her 10-year-old house help after accusing her of eating her children’s food.

Girl, 10, cut with a knife and beaten mercilessly by her pregnant madam for eating children?s food

Juliet Ozoarinze, who has four children and is pregnant with her fifth, allegedly used different objects including a knife and a pestle to inflict injuries on Blessing who began living with the family in July 2017.

Juliet reportedly began physically abusing Blessing almost as soon as she began living with them as the maid. The agreement had been that Blessing will help the family with house chores while they, in turn, send her to school. Blessing’s mother, who has four kids including Blessing, couldn’t take care of all of them alone, so in order for Blessing to have an education, she had to leave home in Abuja to come to Lagos where an aunt called Vivian gave her to the Ozoarinze family to serve as a maid.

But living with the family at their home in Ijesha, Surulere, Lagos State was far from rosy for Blessing who was accused of a number of things by her madam, including witchcraft and theft. She was allegedly beaten over very trivial things, like when she did not answer summons promptly of if she was tardy in running errands.

Then on Tuesday, October 17, the suspect’s husband, Kenneth, was reported to have returned Blessing to her aunt, Vivian after the wife allegedly used a knife to cut the 10-year-old in the hand for allegedly stealing and eating the food meant for her children. Kenneth told Vivian he was not pleased with what his wife had done, hence he was returning the girl to ensure there was no repeat of such.

But after Kenneth left, Vivian noticed Blessing was having difficulty sitting so she asked her to remove her clothes and she was shocked at the extent of injuries on her body. She had whip marks, could barely walk or sit, and had lots of other scars on her body from injuries both old and new.

Girl, 10, cut with a knife and beaten mercilessly by her pregnant madam for eating children?s food

At this point, Blessing revealed that Mrs Ozoarinze had been maltreating her since she moved in with them. She disclosed she’s been hit on the head and waist with a pestle. Vivian called Kenneth and asked him to foot Blessing’s hospital bill so she could get treated for her injuries but he said he had no money.

Vivian was then advised to take the case to a human rights organization. Vivian eventually reported to the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender and the wife was arrested.

When queried on what the victim did, the suspect allegedly claimed that Blessing stole her children’s provisions and food. She reportedly denied beating Blessing with objects. She has now been arraigned in a magistrate’s court, according to reports.

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Facebook suspends thousands of apps in response to Cambridge Analytica row

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Facebook Inc said, it has suspended tens of thousands of apps on the social networking platform, as part of the company’s ongoing app developer investigation it began in March 2018 in response to the Cambridge Analytica row.

The suspended apps are associated with about 400 developers, Facebook said, adding that it is not necessarily an indication that these apps were posing a threat to users.

Earlier this year, the company agreed to pay a record-breaking $5 billion fine to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to resolve a government probe into its privacy practices.

The FTC privacy probe was triggered last year by allegations that Facebook violated a 2012 consent decree and inappropriately shared information of 87 million users with British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook has since agreed to boost safeguards on user data and has put curbs on the amount of information that third-party developers can request from platform users.

“… We’re making progress. We won’t catch everything, and some of what we do catch will be with help from others outside Facebook,” the company said in a blogpost.

Source: Reuters

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Female robber escaping through a window at the bank

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A female robber trying to escaping through the window after robbing a bank in Adum area of Kumasi in Ghana.

In the video, the lady threw the money down from the window and jumped down to get the money, but she was caught and arrested by the bank’s security operatives.

The details of the lady is still unknown as at the time of filling this report

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