28-year-old, Chinyere James, have been arrested by the Lagos State police, Okokomaiko division, for allegedly torturing her nine-year-old nephew, Emmanuel, after wrongly accusing him of defiling his 3-year-old sister at their home on Akinberu Road, Okokomaiko.
Punchng reports that Chinyere, without investigation, allegedly flogged him for hours, as his plea of innocence fell on deaf ears. A resident was said to have rescued him and reported the matter to the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender.
An official of the agency said, “The boy’s mother, Joy, and Chinyere live in the same single-room apartment. Joy, who is 27 years old, had Emmanuel and the 3 year-old for different men.
Chinyere tortured the boy for an offence he didn’t commit. Investigation showed that it was one of their neighbours that defiled the girl. When the police interrogated Joy, she took responsibility for the injuries on the boy’s body and lied that Chinyere did not touch the boy.
But the truth later came out. The police arrested the two of them, while the two children were taken into protective custody.” The victim has been tested by Mirabel Medical Centre, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
A report is still being awaited to ascertain the culpability of the neighbour. The Director of the OPD, Mrs. Adebukola Salami, said government would not condone child abuse.