A woman has been remanded in prison by a Magistrate’s Court in Calabar, Cross River State, for pouring hot water on a 10-year-old boy.
The suspect, Uduak Monday, was remanded in Afokang Prison, after she was accused of pouring hot water on the face of the victim, Okon Nse, in an attempt to wake him up in the morning.
It was learnt that the incident, which caused severe burns and injuries on the child’s face and arm, occurred at about 5.30am on November 24.
Prompt action was taken on the said date after a neighbour to the accused, Mr. Emmanuel Agan, saw the injuries on the child’s body and immediately reported to Basic Rights Counsel Initiative, a frontline child rights organisation in Calabar.
Southern City News reports that the organisation immediately swung into action, as it reported the matter to the Airport Division of the Nigeria Police in Calabar, which subsequently resulted to the arrest of the perpetrator
Upon rescue, the 10-year-old boy, who hails from Uruan in Akwa Ibom State, told officials of the Basic Rights Counsel Initiative that he was a pupil of PCN Primary School in Akim, Calabar, until September when he stopped going to school after he was asked to repeat primary three.
According to the boy, the woman, a food vendor along Etta Agbor Road in Calabar, poured hot water on him when she discovered that he did not wake up on time to carry out his domestic duties.
At court sitting on Thursday, the magistrate, whose name could not be immediately ascertained, rejected Uduak Monday’s bail application and remanded her in prison until the next adjourned date – December 9.
Meanwhile, legal practitioner and child rights activist with Basic Rights Counsel, Mr. James Ibor, said his organisation had provided medical care for Nse and also written to the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Social Welfare to seek temporary accommodation for the child.