PHONE THEFT: Boy Gets Burnt After Landlord Pours Hot Water On Him
By CrossRiverWatch Admin
Odukpani: A boy, Daniel Edet Inyang is currently receiving local treatment for what seems like second degree burns in Atan Ete Mbakara village in Odukpani local government area following the alleged pouring of water on him by his landlord.
Findings by CrossRiverWatch reveal, little Daniel was accused by his landlord, one Anietie, a tailor in the community which is just after the National Integrated Power Project at Odukpani, of stealing his phone and on July 14, 2016 poured hot water on him leading to Daniel sustaining what our reporter suggest may be second degree burns.
CrossRiverWatch also gathered from sources close to little Daniel’s family that his guardian, Obong Ette reported the matter to the Odukpani division of the Nigeria Police Force since then and no action has being taken till date.
Exclusive photographs obtained by CrossRiverWatch shows Daniel may not be responding well to treatment as parts of his face from the tip of his left ear through the left part of his forehead, left cheek bone down to the neck, his left shoulder down till almost his elbows and his back still show burns with blood clots.
The pictures also suggested that Daniel now moves about mostly naked as the wounds from the burns are covered with Gentian Violet (GV) paint to aid faster healing.
“I had the privilege of sighting the photos of the injuries on the young lad; they are horrible and unpleasant to behold” says Barrister Eno Iyamba of Basic Rights Counsel, Calabar.
“The action of the so called landlord is a demonstration of the height of man’s inhumanity to his fellow man. This is a clear case of attempted murder. It is however unfortunate that the police in Odukpani where the case is said to have been incidented, simply glossed over it and did nothing.
“The police and other security agencies in the State have a fundamental duty to make the State children friendly. They must come to terms with the fact that there is a law known as the Child’s Rights Law of Cross River State, 2009. Children have a right to adequate protection and care, and not to be abused on flimsy and unsubstantiated grounds.
“I call on the police in the State to immediately arrest the perpetrator of this wicked and inhuman act to answer for his crime. Assuming the young boy indeed stole as alleged, it is criminal on the part of the landlord to take laws into his hands. There is absolutely no justification for this gruesome act” Iyamba said.
Efforts to reach the Police Public Relations Officer ASP Irene Ugbo proved futile as several calls to her line either did not connect or rang and she did not take the call.
When CrossRiverWatch dialed her MTN line at 5:40 PM it rang and she did not take the call, at 5:43 PM, the call did not connect and at 5:59 PM her phone also rang and she did not take the call.
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