Child Abuse: Madam scalds 12-year-old houseboy with hot water

Abimbola said she was acting in self-defense when the water mistakenly poured on the boy.

A madam claiming to be acting in self defense when she rained hot water on her houseboy has been arrested in Ondo.

Operatives of the NSCDC arrested the suspect, Abimbola Oreoluwa last Friday following a notice by a concerned witness.

Abimbola allegedly inflicted several razor blade cuts on the victim and was also accused of causing grievous bodily harm by pouring the hot water on him.

The boy, reports say, had been living with her since she ‘bought’ him for N120,000 from a man yet to be identified.

The NSCDC Commandant in the state, Pedro Awili, said Abimbola accused the boy of stealing her things.

“Our investigation revealed that the boy is from Benin Republic and the woman got him through his master in Abeokuta, Ogun state. He brought him as a houseboy and paid N120, 000 to his master,” he said.

“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 doesn’t allow him to go to school, she seriously abuses the boy by beating him up for any little mistake he makes,” he added.

Abimbola denied all the allegations. She claimed she was acting in self defense when the water mistakenly poured on the boy.

“He has been living with me for almost a year now and is found of destroying my properties, my car, my wears and many other things and also steals. But what really happened, was self-defense, it wasn’t intentional,” she said.

“He was trying to block me with iron chair when the kettle l was holding with hot water poured on him, when he wanted to run.”

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