In an alarming development, a woman who claims to be a Christian returned from church only to burn her 8-year-old nephew with a hot iron, as punishment for eating some groundnuts without permission. The groundnuts were worth 50 Naira, approximately USD0.13 (13 cents).
The heartbreaking incident happened in Nigeria’s Calabar South, on Sunday, August 16.The woman first questioned the 8-year-old boy about the groundnuts, then plugged in an electric iron and used it to burn his back and buttocks.
As if that was not cruel enough, she refused to give him any food.
According to Nigeria blogger Linda Ikeji’s blog, old scars on the boy’s burnt fingers also revealed that the 8-year-old has been suffering constant abuse since he started staying with her about three years ago.
The Principal Counsel for Basic Rights Initiative, James Ibor Esq told the Vanguard on Monday, August 17 that his outfit received a call from Girl Power Initiative, GPI, about a lady who had been assaulting her nephew with a hot iron, burning stove and other hot objects. Said Ibor,
“From what the boy has told us, which is also very visible, he has been tortured and traumatised, and the boy is in serious pain. From here we are taking him to a medical facility where he can get adequate care.
“We have written to the Police and the state Ministry of Humanities and Social Welfare to enable us to 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,” according to