A 10-year-old boy, Chimobi, has been taken into protective custody by the Lagos State Government after his brother’s wife, Gift Igwe, allegedly set him ablaze at their home on Adenugba Street, Agunfoye, Ikorodu. The offence of the Ishielu, Ebonyi State indigene, was that he misplaced his trousers and could not produce them when Gift demanded them from him. Residents who heard the cry of the victim, put out the fire, during which he reportedly passed out. Chimobi was subsequently rushed to the Ikorodu General Hospital, Ikorodu and Gift was arrested. A source said victim was brought to Lagos in 2016 by the brother to start living with his family.
He said since then, Gift had been abusing Chimobi, adding that matter came to a head when she set him ablaze that Wednesday. He said, “He is the younger brother of the man, who is a security guard in a firm. He was not enrolled in any school after he was brought from the village. The brother wanted him to be assisting the wife, who had a baby about a year ago, with house chores and other things. The woman has been abusing him for some time now. There are marks of past floggings on his body. He also has sores.” Chimobi, who spoke with Punchng, said he had some education before he was brought to Lagos from Ebonyi. The Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the incident. He noted that Gift had been granted bail because of her child, saying she was mandated to be reporting at the police station daily.