The Lagos state Police Command has arrested a 39-year-old woman, Chinwe Abasi, for allegedly brutalising a 12-year-old boy, Chinedu Okorie, with hot water over N100 in the Apapa area of the state.
Okorie, who is in Junior Secondary School 1, worked as a sales assistant for Abasi, who sold clothing materials in the Oyingbo Market. Abasi, a mother of two, from Nnewi, Anambra State, allegedly poured hot water on the boy because he collected N100 from a neighbour to buy a pair of socks to wear to school without her knowledge. More after the cut…
According to reports, On last Monday when schools resumed, Okorie told Abasi that he would need to buy a pair of socks for school but she allegedly ignored him until Thursday when a neighbour, simply identified as Usman, gave Okorie N100 to buy the pair of socks.
When the trader learnt that the boy had collected money from Usman to buy the pair of socks, she became angry and beat up the 12-year-old who ran into the kitchen during the flogging. Abasi followed him to the kitchen and allegedly grabbed an electric kettle of boiling water and emptied it on the boy. The matter was reported at the Festac Police Division and the trader was arrested, The Punch reports.
It was gathered that the matter was also reported to the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, and a temporary shelter was provided for the boy, where he also received medical attention. The Enugu state indigene revealed that he was forced to collect the N100 from Usman because he had no other option.
“I told madam (Abasi) last Monday that I needed to buy a pair of socks for school. My teachers would seize my sandals without it. But she did not buy them, and I went to collect money from our neighbour. “When she saw the pair of socks, she became angry and started to beat me. I ran into the kitchen. “That was where she grabbed the electric kettle and poured the content hot water on me. It was around 7pm on Thursday,” the 12-year-old boy added.
On her part, Abasi said she did not deliberately brutalise the boy, adding that everyone knew she treated Okorie like her son.
She said, “I sell clothes at the Oyingbo Market. He is my domestic help. I brought him from his village in Enugu State about four years ago. “On Monday, pupils resumed school, and Chinedu (Okorie) told me he needed a pair of socks and I said I would buy them for him. Unfortunately, when I came back, I forgot. Later, our neighbour said Chinedu collected N100 from him to buy the pair of socks. I was angry. “I queried him and warned him against the behaviour. On Thursday, I gave him N100 to buy another pair of socks. When he came back, he told me he used the money for something else. So, I beat him up. “The boy is stubborn. I am not a bad woman. “There were times when I gave him N1, 000 to go and buy fuel. He would spend three hours and later say he misplaced the money. So, I disciplined him on Thursday. “He ran into the kitchen, and that was when I mistakenly poured the water on him.
Confirming the arrest, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said “the suspect has been arrested and will be charged to court soon.”