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NSCDC arrests woman for assaulting houseboy

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Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, have arrested a woman, identified as Mrs. Abimbola Oreoluwa, over the alleged assault of her 12-year-old houseboy in Ondo State.

PUNCH reports that, the suspect, had physically assaulted the victim with hot water and razor blade for allegedly stealing some household items.

The State Commandant, Pedro Awili, disclosed this to Journalists, while parading the suspect at Akure, the state capital, on Tuesday. He revealed that the suspect was arrested following an intelligence report.

Speaking on the incidence, Awili, urged those involved in the services of house-helps to treat them with love, adding that, that they should desist from employing underage children as house-helps or face the full wrath of the law.

His words: “Our investigation revealed that the boy is from Benin Republic and the woman got him through his master in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

“She brought him to her house as a houseboy and paid N120,000 to his master. We are going to arrest the man in Abeokuta, because this is a case of a child abuse and human trafficking.

“The woman has been maltreating the boy. She didn’t allow him to go to school; she seriously abused the boy by beating him up for any little mistake he made. “

While speaking to Journalists, the suspect, admitted to the allegations leveled against her, stating that the act wasn’t intentional, but she acted on self-defence.

Her words: “He has been living with me for almost a year now and is found of destroying my properties – my car, clothes and many other things – and he also steals.

“I got him from one woman in Abeokuta and l didn’t know he is from Cotonou. I told the woman that l needed someone to assist me and not a child like this.

“When the boy came, l told the woman that he was too small for me to accept; she said that l should just manage him that she would bring another person in two months. Since that time, l have been calling her, but she hasn’t showed up.

“But what really happened was in self defence, it wasn’t intentional. He was trying to block me with an iron chair when the kettle l was holding which had hot water in it fell on him when he was trying to run away.”

PUNCH

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