A woman identified as Peace Onyebuchi was banned by the Gender Unit of Ajangbandi Police for brutalising her son and keep him locked up for months.
The boy was said to be her child from her former relationship however she is now married to a different man who works in Gambia.
Reports from the neighbours of this woman revealed that the child started suffering at hands of his mother since he was 4. According to them, the last assault transpired for close to 2 hours leaving the boy with several injuries on his head, back, face and shoulders. The woman usually hits her son’s head against the wall at the slightest provocation.
A concerned neighbour who couldn’t stand the plight of the poor child reported to Advocates for Children and Vulnerable People’s Network.
According to the publication, the neighbour said,
“This boy is six years old, his name is Divine. He doesn’t attend school anymore. Presently, Divine is looked up in a room by his mum. This torture has been going on since when Divine was four years old. His father is presently in the Gambia in search of greener pastures. This boy needs help.
“I was not even aware of the issue until recently when my landlord’s daughter told me about it. I immediately told the landlord who didn’t take the issue lightly; he immediately mobilised all the neighbours to her door and demanded that she should bring out the boy so we could see him, at least to be sure he was still alive.
“I used to see Divine in 2019 whenever he was going to school. He was a very fine young boy. He was very healthy and alive but since I had not been seeing him, I assumed he was not around. Little did we know she had been locking him up. When the landlord asked the mother to bring him out, what we saw was horrible.”
Currently, the boy has bene taken to the hospital by the human rights group to receive medical attention as he was finding it difficult to walk, stand and sit.