The Lagos state government in there fight against child abuse and human trafficking through the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development on Thursday rescued a 14-year-old girl, Unwana Emmanuel, who had been serially subjected to physical abuse by her guardian known as Mummy Chidera, a resident Mushin area of the State.
Briefing journalists on the operation, the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Agboola Dabiri said the rescue team acted on a text message received by the Child Protection Unit of the Ministry, stating the victim’s predicament and her ordeal of being battered by her guardian in the past 16 months.
He explained that the team responded by visiting the residence of the victim at Mushin/Isolo Local Government, to verify the claim before she was immediately taken to a juvenile welfare center, while Mummy Chidera has been charged to court.
The Commissioner reiterated the present administration’s commitment to protecting children’s rights in the State, stressing that government will not tolerate any form of child-related abuse and anyone caught violating children’s rights will be prosecuted as enshrined in the constitution.
According to him, “Children have their rights and their interest must be constantly protected when violated under the care of the parents or guardians”.
“Unwana is now in our custody for her protection. The next line of action is to charge her abusers. They must be made to face the law. Let them give reasons for their action and let the court decide their guilt or innocence”, he added.
While advising parents and guardians to be patient and lenient in curtailing the bad habits of their wards, Agboola warned youths to shun drug abuse and cultism.
Recall that, Because of inconsequential reason tagged stubborness, a 13-year-old boy was sent packing from his family’s home by his own father.
According to Facebook user, Ogechi Njoku, the Abuja based tailor who is a father of 6 children – 5 girls and 1 boy, has always subjected the little boy to inhumane treatment and punishment for an inconsequential reason tagged stubborness. Here’s what she wrote;
“I just found out that a boy of 13 years old is seriously been abused beside my house.
Abuja tailor sends 13-year-old son packing
There is this family whose husband is a tailor, and the wife is doing nothing, they had 6 children, 5 girls and 1 boy, living in a room apartment, but that is not the major issue here or my concern.
The issue is that the only boy they have, who is their first child is been subjected to inhuman treatment and punishment for an inconsequential reason tagged stubborness.
The man do beat this boy mercilessly, sometimes without food, and without sending him to school. sometimes, my kids would share their food with this boy.
I started noticing that the boy is keeping late nights in my house, which I often order him to go home and he would leave, I didn’t know that each time I chase him out to go home, that he doesn’t go home, rather, he ends up in an uncompleted beside my house.
This uncompleted building has no roof over it.
I noticed that the countenance of my son changed because I often chase his friend being the 13 year old boy home for staying late night in my house, which I had to teach him that it is bad to keep late night, that a child is not supposed to be away from their parents house latest 6 pm.
My son responded that mom I won’t understand. I told him to make me understand, but said Mom don’t worry.
This morning, I had dressed up for work when my son came to my room and said Mom, that please he want to show me something, I said OK, he requested that I should follow him to the uncompleted building in front of our house., I did, Lo and behold, the 13 years old is sleeping there on abandoned chair.
I asked him some questions of what happened, he said that is where they boy has been sleeping for over a month, and that is why he is keeping late nights in our house, I couldn’t believe what I was told.
I rushed to his parents house, called the supposed father to come and see his child, the man reluctantly followed me and saw his child, I asked, when did this start and why, the man told me that the boy is grown to take care of himself, my jaw dropped at his response.
I asked him, is he sure, that he gave birth to that boy, he walked out on me leaving the boy there.
I questioned the boy, who was already sick, when he started sleeping there and what happened, he said for over a month, and that it is in my house he has been eating food.
That his offence was he told one of our Neighbor That his father does not want to send him to school, and the neighbor confronted the man, so the man chased him out to go and meet the neighbor.
So I asked the boy to go and stay in my house till I come back from work.
I left for work, came back, and called a meeting between all our neighbors and sent for the mother of the boy.
I was shocked to hear testimonies of other neighbors, they were all tired, they even said that it has been over a month the boy was chased out. All these testimonies were before the mother, and I asked the woman is it true?, she said that the husband chased him out and she asked the boy to go to his uncle house to be sleeping, that she didn’t know that the boy is sleeping in the uncompleted building.
But everyone refuted her claim, that she knew, that they have called her attention to it but she was too scared of her husband, hence she allowed their son to suffer in that manner.
Hmmm, the boy as we speak is sick, I ordered her to carry her son, and I told her that if they don’t take care of that boy by tomorrow I will call police on them.
She took the boy home, suprisedly, the man chased the boy out again, as I write, the boy is in my house, hence the need for this update.
But I need to report them to social welfare, please anyone who knows social welfare in Abuja, should indicate in comment section.