The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a woman for allegedly flogging and locking a 10- year – old orphan in a kennel .
The reports learnt that the incident happened in the Surulere area of Lagos .
There had been outrage on the social media after a video went viral showing the suspect beating the boy for an unstated offence before throwing him into the kennel.
Not done , she padlocked the kennel housing some dogs and walked away , as a neighbour secretly filmed the incident.
Nigerians had called for the arrest and prosecution of the suspect, as a former spokesperson for the Zone 2 Police Command, Dolapo Badmos , promised to act on the video.
In a post on her Instagram page on Thursday , Badmos said the suspect had been apprehended .
She said , “ Last week , we got the report of a lady who beat up a lad and threw him into a dungeon of dogs.
“ The domestic violence response team of the Lagos State Police Command was activated .
The team went into action and the lady was arrested.
“ The suspect is in custody and will be charged to court .
The boy who happens to be an orphan has been rescued and kept in a shelter provided by the Lagos State Government . ”
The Coordinator of the Lagos State Domestic Sexual Violence Response Team , Lola Adeniyi , commended the resident who recorded the video and gave information to security agencies .
She said the suspect was traced based on the information from the mandatory reporter.
“ On getting to the house , she was not around . So , we dropped a letter of invitation to her and she responded yesterday (Wednesday ).
She was arrested and the child taken into protective custody .
“ The 10- year – old is her cousin . Apparently, the boy is an orphan and had been living with her .
She claimed that he stole .
“ But of course locking him in a kennel cannot be the right thing to do .
It is a violation of his right has a child .
He has the right to life and dignity .
He should not be tortured. So , aside from the beating, he was debased as if he was a dog and that will not be allowed in Lagos .
We have enshrined the Child Rights Law since 2007 and we are ensuring that the law is enforced , ” Adeniyi added .
She urged Nigerians not to keep quiet when they see child abuse in their environment .
Adeniyi applauded the mandatory reporter for being a good Nigerian .
She said , “You can report anonymously so that your identity will be preserved .
The most important thing is that when you see something , say something . ”
The spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Bala Elkana , in a statement confirmed the incident.
He identified the suspect as 24-year – old Onyinye , who lives in Aguda , Surulere .
He said , “On August 14, 2019 , a team of detectives from the Gender Unit , Command’ s Headquarters Ikeja , arrested Onyinye for assault and child abuse .
This followed a viral video on the social media showing the suspect torturing one Chibike of same address .
“ The video also showed the suspect locking the boy up in a kennel , sharing space with dogs.
The video was widely condemned by well – meaning Nigerians.
“ The Commissioner of Police Lagos State , CP Zubairu Muazu , ordered the Gender Unit of the command to identify the woman in the video, rescue the child and make the suspect face the full weight of the law.
“ The Domestic and Sexual Response Team , Alausa , Ikeja , also added its voice to the call for investigation with a petition addressed to the Commissioner of Police to that effect .
“ The Gender Unit traced the suspect to a liquor store in Surulere and her residence at Aguda .
The boy was rescued and taken to a secure shelter .
The suspect admitted that she was the one in the viral video flogging the child with belt, but she denied locking the survivor in a cage with dogs .
That she only locked him in an empty dog kennel where bags are kept .
“ She claimed to have locked up the boy for a few hours before bringing him out.
She alleged that the boy took a hot drink in their refrigerator and was misbehaving .
That the suspect smashed the side mirror of her Toyota Camry with stone which made her detain him in the kennel .
“ Investigation revealed that the survivor lost his parents and was brought to Lagos in 2012 from Anambra State by the mother of the suspect along with his two siblings .
The suspect and the survivor are cousins .
“ The suspect ’ s mother is the elder sister of the survivor ’ s father .
The suspect will be charged to court. ”
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