A woman who was seen in a video making rounds on social media, flogging and detaining a 10 years old boy in a dog cage in Lagos had been apprehended by the men of the Nigerian Police force.
The 24 years old lady known as Onyinye Mbadike, was arrested at her residence in Aguda Surulere.
According to DSP Bala Elkana, the Lagos State Command’s spokesperson, he said a team of detectives from the Gender Unit, Command’s Headquarters, Ikeja, arrested the woman of No. 7 Trimnell Street, Aguda, for assault and child abuse.
He further added that the video which went viral on the social media showed the suspect Miss Onyinye Mbadike, torturing one Chibike EziAmaka, of same address. The video also showed the suspect locking the boy up in a dog’s kennel, sharing space with dogs.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu ordered the Gender Unit of the Command to identify the Woman in the video that was widely condemned by well-meaning Nigerians, and rescue the child and make the suspect face the full wrath of the law.
The Alausa Ikeja “Domestic and Sexual Response Team (DSVRT), also interfered to the call for investigation with a petition addressed to the Commissioner of Police to that effect.
Upon investigation “the Gender Unit traced the suspect to Chumpe Liquor Store, Surulere and her residence at Aguda. The 10 year-old boy was rescued and taken to a secured shelter.”
The suspect admitted that she was the one in the video flogging the child with a belt, but denied locking the boy in a cage with dogs, Elkana added.
The 24 years old lady also said claimed that she only locked the boy in an empty dog kennel where bags are kept.
She alleged that the boy took a hot drink in their refrigerator and was misbehaving and led to her locking up the boy for few hours before bringing him out, she claimed.
“She further said that the boy who was high on alcohol also smashed the side mirror of her Toyota Camry with stone which made her to detain him in the dog kennel,” said the police spokesperson.
The PPRO added that investigation revealed that the boy lost his parents and was brought to Lagos in 2012 from Anambra State by the mother of the suspect along with his two siblings.
He said the suspect and the boy are cousins, adding that the suspect would be charged to court.
The police reiterated its commitment to protecting the rights of children and other vulnerable members of the society from all forms of violence and abuses.