By Muftau Ogunyemi
Akure – The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ondo State has arrested a woman for allegedly pouring hot water on a 12-year-old.
The State Commandant of NSCDC, Mr Pedro Awili, who paraded the suspect in Akure on Monday, said she was arrested on Friday following a tip-off.
Awili also said the suspect often inflicted injuries on the minor with a razor blade, claiming he was always stealing items in the house.
“Our investigation revealed that the boy is from Benin Republic and the woman got him through his “master’’ in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
“She brought him as a houseboy and was paid N120, 000. We are going to arrest the woman in Abeokuta because this is a case of a child abuse and human trafficking.
“The woman has been maltreating the boy. She doesn’t allow him to go to school and she seriously abuses the boy by beating him up over any little mistake he makes,” he said.
Awili urged those engaging the services of domestic help to treat them as their own children and desist from engaging minors.
The suspect, who did not deny pouring hot water on the victim, insisted it was inadvertent.
“He has been living with me for almost a year now and is fond of destroying my properties, my car, and many other things and also steals.
“I got him from one woman in Abeokuta and l didn’t know he is from Cotonue. I told the woman that l needed someone as a domestic servant and not a child like this.
“When the boy came, l told the woman that he was too young for me.
“ She said that l should just let him be and that she would bring someone in two months. Since that time l have been calling her but she didn’t show up.
“But what really happened wasn’t intentional.
“ He was trying to block me with an iron chair when the kettle l was holding with hot water poured on him when he wanted to run,’’ she said.