A 10-12 months-old boy, Ifeanyi, changed into on Saturday thrown into a hearth for allegedly stealing a small measure of raw rice in a market at Inikiri Benard village, Effium community, within the Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
We collected that the lad’s mother was overdue, whilst his father turned into mentally-challenged.
A network source stated, “The boy changed into thrown right into a fireplace by way of investors who accused him of stealing rice from a store on the marketplace to cook for himself and his father.”
The Chairman of Human Rights Defenders, Ebonyi State bankruptcy, Mr Sam Nweke, condemned the inhuman act meted out to the child.
He said, “HURIDE got a name from one Mr George Etamesor, at the grave abuse of this negative boy. This became because he turned into stuck trying to steal some rice of their village market. They tied him up, threw him into the fireplace in a refuse dump inside the marketplace and allowed him to roast like a goat.
“The perpetrators are from the village. After committing this evil and seeing the essential circumstance in their sufferer, they still deserted him to groan to death.
“It took the intervention of sympathisers to hurry him to AMURT Hospital in Effium. But because of the excessive nature of the accidents, boy was denied remedy. Efforts had been thereafter made to take him to the Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, in which he’s currently struggling among lifestyles and loss of life.”
Nweke added, “When we inquired from the perpetrators why they went that a long way in maltreating the boy, they stated he had the addiction of stealing cassava, yam and others. So this time, they stuck him stealing their rice and they decided to teach him a lesson so that he could no longer come lower back to steal their meals once more.
“They stated it changed into no longer their aim to burn his entire body. They stated they best tied him up and after beating him, they attempted to roast his toes in the hearth, however because he become struggling, he slipped off their arms and fell into the fireplace and were given burnt past their expectation. We have mentioned the incident to the police.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mrs Loveth Odah, stated though she became aware of the incident, the police had but to obtain an legit grievance on the matter.
She stated, “I heard about the unsightly incident as a person; it’s far painful. But the command has not been formally communicated.
“We wanted to arrest folks that did this evil factor to the small boy, however the mind-set of the human rights institution which drew my attention to the incident, isn’t encouraging. The HURIDE human beings instructed us not to arrest them for now due to the fact they want them (the perpetrators) to first cope with the boy’s medical bills inside the hospital. I don’t realize why they keep doing this.”