A Port Harcourt based female lawyer, Elizabeth Agboje, who allegedly tortured her adopted daughter believing that she is a witch, was among some suspects paraded on Wednesday at the Rivers State Police Command in the state capital.
Her victim, a nine-year-old, Bright Maxson, was labelled a witch before she was reportedly tortured by her foster mother.
It is alleged that Agboje, who has two biological children, had consistently subjected the girl to inhuman treatment, not minding the consequences.
Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ahmed Zaki, told journalists that Mrs. Agboje was apprehended by the Human Rights Department of the Command for allegedly torturing Bright.
Zaki said, “The Human Rights Officer of the Command, DSP Emmanuel Ukwenya, arrested one Barrister Elizabeth Agboje, who it was alleged, had been consistently torturing and assaulting little Miss Bright Maxson, accusing her of being a witch and a thief.
“She is also alleged to have subjected her to all manners of degrading treatments for over seven years. The lawyer is a suspect who has made useful statement to the police and as soon as investigation is concluded, she will be charged to court for proper prosecution.”
The victim, who was said to be sick when she was rescued by the police, had reportedly been receiving treatment at the Police Hospital in Port Harcourt.