By Archibong Jeremiah
The Calabar Magistrates Court has remanded one Ms. Uduak Monday at the Calabar prison, Afokang for allegedly violating the rights of Master Okon Nse.
Uduak, about 29 years appeared before the Magistrate in court room one on Monday 28th, November 2016 for allegedly pouring boiled water on the victim’s face in an attempt to wake him up.
The Magistrate was said to be infuriated with the manner at which Ms. Monday responded to questions as her bail application was been heard, therefore turned down the application, remanded her in Afokang until the next adjourned date, Sunday 9th December, 2016.
Ms. Uduak allegedly poured boiling water on Master Daniel Okon Nse (10 years old) at about 5:30AM on Thursday, 24th November, 2016, causing severe burns and injuries on the child’s face and arm.
Mr. Emmanuel Agan who is a neighbour to the accused, noticed the grave injuries on the child on Friday 25th November, 2016 and immediately reported to Basic Rights Counsel Initiative, a front line child rights organization in Calabar.
The organization immediately documented the case and effected the arrest of the perpetrator with the help of the police in Airport Division, Calabar.
The victim, Master Daniel Okon Nse who was still grueling in pains, told our reporter that he is from Uruan in Akwa Ibom State and his dad is late. But his mother who is a trader (crayfish seller) gave him out to live as house boy to one Madam Ime.
The said Madam Ime is a food vendor (popularly known as “Mama Put”) at No. 7C, Etta Agbor Road, Calabar and on the fateful day of the incident, Daniel could not wake up on time to wash dishes when Ime’s eldest daughter (the accused) woke him up by pouring boiling water on his face.
The child further narrated that he was a pupil of PCN Primary School, Akim, Calabar until last September when he stopped going to school after he was asked to repeat primary 3.
As at the time of filing this report, Basic Rights Counsel Initiative had provided medical care to Nse and written to the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Social Welfare seeking temporary accommodation for the child, and the Ministry has promptly responded by placing the child in a government facility where he is now being kept pending when his biological parents/relatives can be traced.
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