Officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ondo State have apprehended a middle-aged woman, Mrs. Abimbola Oreoluwa, for allegedly inflicting bodily injury on her 12-year-old houseboy.
The woman, according to the NSCDC state commandant, Pedro Awili, allegedly assaulted the houseboy with hot water and razor blade over stealing.
Awili, who disclosed this while parading the suspect in Akure, the Ondo State capital, stated that Abimbola was arrested following a tip-off on how she had been maltreating her houseboy since he has been living with her.
“Our investigation revealed that the boy is from Benin Republic and the woman got him through his mistress in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
“She brought him as a houseboy and paid N120,000 to his mistress. We are going to arrest the woman in Abeokuta because this is a case of child abuse and human trafficking. The woman has been maltreating the boy. She doesn’t allow him to go to school, she seriously abuse the boy by beating him up over any little mistake he makes,” he said.
Awili urged those engaging the services of house-helps to always show them love instead of maltreating them, urging them to also desist from engaging underage children as house-helps or face the full wrath of the law. “If you know that to beat up your house help or inflict injuries on them, especially the underage ones is your aim of engaging them, it is better to rethink and desist from such attitude,” he warned.
Speaking with newsmen, Abimbola, who did not deny pouring hot water on her houseboy, said she was acting in self-defense. “What really happened was self-defense, it wasn’t intentional. He was trying to block me with iron chair when the kettle l was holding with hot water poured on him, when he wanted to run.
“He has been living with me for almost a year now and is fond of destroying my property, car, wears and also steals. I got him from one woman at Abeokuta and l didn’t know he is from Cotonou. I told the woman that l needed someone as an assistant and not a child like this. When the boy came, l told the woman that the boy is too small for me to accept, she said that l should just leave him that she will bring someone in two months. Since that time l have been calling her but she didn’t show up.”