A mother of three identified Chinyere, reportedly known to be abusive towards her kids, has been arrested by the Abia State Police Command for reportedly setting her teen son, Prince Odum, on fire because he stole an MP3 from a neighbour.
Neighbours who noted that the Chinyere’s family is dysfunctional as they claimed she is known to known to flog Prince who is her only son with fire wood, told newsmen that the lady tied the hands of her 14-year-old son, doused him with kerosene and set him on fire after she found out that he stole from a neighbour.
There are plans to transfer 14-year-old Prince to UNTH in Enugu state, as the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Umuahia where he was initially rushed to following the horrific burns he suffered was ill equipped to handle the injuries he sustained in the incident that occurred in Amuzukwu Ibeku in Abia state.
Eyewitness told newsmen that when Prince saw his mother being questioned by the police, he broke down in tears and took the blame. He told officers it was his fault and pleaded with them to release his mother. He also promised his mother that he would never do wrong again.
A ten-year-old boy identified as Lukman was also brutalized and set on fire by his father, Yaya Babarinde in Ibadan, Oyo State for allegedly stealing money few months ago.
In a video footage gone viral on social media, the boy was seen seriously beaten and thrown into a local stove by his father. The boy’s father, Babarinde, who was questioned by an Inspector of police in Yoruba language, confessed how he punished his son by tying him up before delivering jungle justice on him.
He started by saying, “I’m a shoe cobbler. I came in the evening and my neighbours told me my son stole money.
“When I asked them if they have collected back the money from him, they told me that he only returned half of it and had given the rest to his friends on the street.
“I beat him up, tied his hands and put him in the fire place not knowing there was fire in it. Unfortunately the fire caught his cloth and burnt his body.
“I don’t have money to take him to the hospital.
“It was a mistake. I did not do it intentionally. Please pardon me.”