The gender unit of Ajangbandi Police Station in Lagos State has arrested a woman identified as Peace Onyebuchi for allegedly brutalising her son and locking him up.
The suspect while speaking on the incident noted that she gave birth to the six-year-old boy in her first relationship but she is married to another man who is in the Gambia in search of greener pastures.
The neighbours of the suspect noted that Onyebuchi started beating her son when he was four years old.
They further stated that the recent assault lasted for close to two hours as the minor sustained several injuries on his head, face, shoulders, and back.
A concerned neighbour decided to report the case to the human rights group, Advocates for Children and Vulnerable People’s Network, by a concerned neighbour.
The neighbour said, “This boy is six years old, his name is Divine. He doesn’t attend school anymore. Presently, Divine is looked up in a room by his mum. This torture has been going on since when Divine was four years old. His father is presently in the Gambia in search of greener pastures. This boy needs help.”
“I was not even aware of the issue until recently when my landlord’s daughter told me about it. I immediately told the landlord who didn’t take the issue lightly; he immediately mobilised all the neighbours to her door and demanded that she should bring out the boy so we could see him, at least to be sure he was still alive.”
“I used to see Divine in 2019 whenever he was going to school. He was a very fine young boy. He was very healthy and alive but since I had not been seeing him, I assumed he was not around. Little did we know she had been locking him up. When the landlord asked the mother to bring him out, what we saw was horrible.”
It was gathered that personnel of the Advocates for Children and Vulnerable People’s Network had taken the young boy to the hospital for proper medical attention as he was unable to walk, stand, or even sit properly.
In another development, Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mrs Ngozi Onadeko has confirmed the arrest of one Remi Oladiti, 56, for allegedly defiling and impregnating a teenager in the state capital, Ibadan.
Newspot understands that the man who claimed to be a lawyer committed the crime in Bodija area of Ibadan.
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