A 13-year-old boy allegedly abused by his father and stepmothers has been rescued by the police in Borno state.
According to Humanitarian worker, Junaid Jibril Maiva, who shared the story online, he said Aminu’s mother and father are separated and he had to stay with his father. The father and his other wives forced him to sleep in a dingy room beside a gutter and denied him food and other basic needs.
The police stormed his father’s home in Baga Road in Maiduguri. The boy’s father and his wives are now in police custody.
Junaid in a post shared on his Facebook page wrote;
”It is heartbreaking and annoying how parents nowadays treat their own child. This thirteen-year-old child was denied any form of parental support and shelter simply because his mother was divorced.
He was forced to sleep in verandah beside a gutter without foods, clothes, talk less of the net to protect him from malaria and other diseases.
Mallam Murtala from Mobbar LGA now living in Baga road Maiduguri confessed that he and his wives had thrown the child and serve him food once daily.
During the investigation by the management of National Human Rights Commission lead by Barr Jummai Mshelia accompanied by E-D WINN Madame Lucy Drama, it was gathered that the child (Aminu) stepmothers always beat him without a reason.
When Aminu was served food, Spaghetti and stew to be precise, he ate like a hungry lion, it is disheartening and heartbreaking seeing this child eating empty spaghetti without touching the stew, an indication that he had not seen stew for long. All this because his mother is not in the house.
After documentation, Barr Jummai lead team will take the child for more medical support.
Relevant stakeholders must take action on this increasing menace that is consuming us. Child abuse needs to be tackled in this country.
You may recall this is a similar case that happened in Kebbi where 12-year-old Jibril was chained and detained for years in animal tents.”