As the level and frequency of infraction of the laws of the land rise so too are incidents child abuse spiraling to an all-time high.As always, it is usually adults abusing minors especially placed in their care or even their own offspring. In this instance in Enugu, a 10-year-old boy Samuel Okoronwe, who lives with his Uncle in Enugu had beenBattered with a hot pressing iron by the said uncle, Mr Samuel Okoronwe Samuel and his uncle are indigenes of Okposi in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. Narrating his ordeal in his hospital bed at the ESUT Teaching hospital, Park Lane Enugu, the victim, Samuel Okoronwe, told reporters that his uncle had beaten him up because of N200. ” Since the day a customer gave me N200,
My uncle has not been happy with me and that led to this incident.” Immediately my uncle knew that the customer gave me N200, he asked me, `why did you leave the shop and why did you
Collect this money?’ Samuel who apparently had tried to evade his irate uncle was later caught and beaten up by the said uncle who had also plugged in and used the hot iron to press his buttocks thereby inflicting burns on him. On getting the report, Enugu Stat Government despatched a team led by the Commissioner for Gender Affairs, Hon.Peace Nnaji, accompanied by newsmen, reiterated the state government’s commitment to fighting Child Abuse of any kind in the state.
She disclosed that a Non-Governmental Organisation, African Network for Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) drew her attention to the incident. ” I immediately informed the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, of the abuse and he had mandated the Commissioner of police to carry out investigations, so that the perpetrator would be brought to book.” Gov. Ugwuanyi signed the Child Rights Act to ensure that rights of all children are protected in the state and look at what is happening. ,” People are not considerate, because of N200 this little boy was battered by his uncle. ” We are going to take this matter to a logical conclusion and ensure the perpetrator face the full wrath of the law,”she said. Nnaji noted that Gov. Ugwuanyi had promised to take care of the child’s hospital bills and other logistics thereafter.
Speaking, the National President of ANPPCAN Nigeria, Prof. Peter Ebigbo, said that the organisation was out to ensure justice for the child. ” We have constantly pursued issues of child abuse and neglect and this is one part of it.” ANPPCAN Nigeria also do advocacy and this issue is abuse and neglect that is why we have brought this boy to the hospital.
He noted that the organisation had been struggling to ensure that finance does not decrease their work significantly.” We are happy that we have found a good company with the Enugu State Government through the Commissioner for Gender Affairs,” he said.