A woman identified as Mbadike Onyinye, who was arrested by the Nigerian police for locking up a little boy into a dog kernel after beating him, has disclosed the reasons for her actions.
The suspect, Mbadike revealed that she had carried out the disturbing act because the young boy, who happens to be her cousin identified as Chibike, had destroyed a part of her car. She also accused him of misbehaving after taking alcohol.
In a statement on Thursday by itsLagos Police spokesman, Bala Elkana, Mbadike was arrested at No 7 Trimnell Street, Aguda, Lagos.
The police said:
“This followed a viral video on the social media showing the suspect torturing one Chibike EziAmaka. The video also showed the suspect locking the boy up in a dog’s kennel, sharing space with dogs.
“The video was widely condemned by well-meaning Nigerians. The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu ordered the Gender Unit of the Command to identify the Woman in the video, rescue the child and make the suspect face the full weight of the law.
Domestic and Sexual Response Team (DSVRT), Alausa Ikeja also added its voice to the call for investigation with a petition addressed to the Commissioner of Police to that effect.
The 10 years old Boy was rescued and taken to a secured shelter.
“The suspect admitted that she is the one on the viral video flogging the child with a belt, but she denied locking the survivor in a cage with dogs. That she only locked him in an empty dog kennel where bags are kept. She claimed to have locked up the boy for a few hours before bringing him out.
”She alleged that the boy took a hot drink in their refrigerator and was misbehaving. That the suspect smashed the side mirror of her Toyota Camry with stone which made her detain him in the kennel.
“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. “The suspect and the boy are cousins. The suspect’s mother is the elder sister of the survivor’s father. The suspect will be charged to court.”