An officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ugwueze Ezekiel, has allegedly said he has the right to discipline his sisters after photos of the injuries he inflicted on his teenage sister went viral.
Over the weekend, Ugwueze Ezekiel was accused of torturing and brutalising his 19-year-old sister, Amarachi Ugwueze, a microbiology student of the University of Abuja, for refusing to surrender her mobile phone to him after he accused her of having a boyfriend.
The incident, which occurred at Aviation Estate in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Wednesday, left the young lady with multiple injuries.
He 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. Ugwueze Ezekiel reportedly returned from work and ordered Amarachi to bring her phone with the aim of going through her text messages but she refused.
Angered by this, the NSCDC personnel allegedly attacked her and forcibly seized the mobile phone.
He then allegedly 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.
After 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 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.”