A teenager has been burnt on the chest with a hot pressing iron by his parents for allegedly stealing their neighbours’ belongings.
The victim, Chibuzor Kemkem, 15, was also allegedly battered with pestle by his parents, Mr and Mrs Ikecchukwu Kemkem, who have been arrested by the police at the Area ‘M’ Police Command, Idimu, Lagos State, western Nigeria.
The incident occurred Monday at their residence, 12, Olayinka Street, Idimu.
An eye witness said that the parents descended on the teenager because he stole their neighbour’s laptop and clothes. It was also alleged that he stole a phone SIM card belonging to his father.
According to the eyewitness who pleaded for anonymity, “Mr and Mrs Kemkem told me that the reason why they treated their son like that was that he stole a laptop from her co-tenant and he has been involved in stealing for a while which is a source of worry for them.”
Another eyewitness, Babatunde Jogunomi, lambasted the parents for treating their son so badly. He said if Chibuzor is involved in stealing, his parents should not have beaten him to that extent.
Some of the sympathisers said that what the Kemkems did to their son was condemnable and they should be charged to court for child abuse.
Investigations reveal that Chibuzor’s elder brother is currently serving jail term at the Badagry Prison for armed robbery. It was gathered that the first son was chased out of home by the parents..
When journalist visited Area M Command, Idimu, to confirm the arrest of Chibuzor’s parents, a police officer confirmed it and said the case will be charged to court after investigation had been concluded.