Police arrested woman for flogging and locking a orphan in kennel in aguda

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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