An eight-year-old boy has been rescued from his aunt whose name is yet to be revealed for torturing and traumatising the young child.
According to reports, the lady disfigured the child’s buttocks and body with a hot iron just because he ate the N50 groundnut she left in the house.
Naija News learnt that the incident happened at Anantigha, Calabar South, on Sunday, August 16, after the alleged guardian of the boy and his two siblings returned from Sunday service, only to discover that the groundnut she left at home was gone.
She reported confronted the boy about the missing groundnut, then plugged in an electric iron and used it to burn backsides and as well denied him food for the day. Sources revealed that old scars were found on the boy body and fingers, a sign that his aunt has been abusing for a very long time.
Naija News learned that the boy and his other siblings have been living with the ‘cruel’ aunt for about three years ago.
Confirming the report to newsmen on Monday, August 17, the Principal Counsel, Basic Rights Initiative, James Ibor revealed that their office had received a distress call from Girl Power Initiative, GPI, that a lady had been assaulting her nephew with a hot iron, burning stove and other hot objects.
Ibor said the incident was not the first time on the child base on their findings after the N50 left-over groundnut incident.
“From what the boy has told us, which is also very visible, he has been tortured and traumatised, and the boy is in serious pains. From here we are taking him to a medical facility where he can get adequate care,” Ibor revealed.
He added, “We have written to the Police and the state Ministry of Humanities and Social Welfare to enable us take good care of him in our own shelter home, because we cannot allow the child to go back to the aunty again.
“We have also invited the father, because the mother is late. Further actions can be taken as he and two of his siblings live with the said aunty.
“It is unfortunate that this kind of dastardly act and injury can be inflicted on a child. Even if he ate the groundnut, there is no justification for this kind of wickedness.”
However, no statement has been made yet by the Cross River State Police Command or other relatives of the young boy as at when this report is given.
In another news, Naija News reported that a 55-year-old man Larry McClure has killed his daughter’s boyfriend to have sex with her.
Source: Naija News