The police have arrested a man called Effiong Sunday for child abuse in Bayelsa state. According to reports, he burnt his niece’s face and breasts, because a neighbour falsely called her a thief.
The dastardly incident occurred on Tuesday, 5 September 2018, at Brass street Etegwe, Yenogoa Bayelsa. His 13-year-old ward was accused of stealing the sum of three thousand naira, an accusation she denied. Rather than listen to her side of the story about the missing money, Effiong Sunday descended on his hapless niece.
He violently tore her clothes and began burning her with a hot iron, in a bid to get her to confess to the crime of theft. However, the neighbour found his missing three thousand naira, by then Effiong had brutalised the young girl.
Consequently, neighbours who witnessed the incident reported him to the authorities. The police arrested Effiong and his wife for child abuse.
The young girl was taken to the hospital for the treatment of her burns.