By Esther Onyegbula
The Lagos State Police Command is currently investigating a couple for child abuse crime of a minor, Chidera who lives and works as houseboy with them.
The couple identified as Mr Franc Ifedili and Mrs Ifunnanya Ifedili were arrested by operatives of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, Panti after the police received a petition from a human rights organisation, Paths of Peace Initiatives about the inhuman treatment melted to victim.
It was gathered that the couple who hail from Achi, in Orji LGA, Enugu state resides at no 2, Diran Alake Street, by Ogundele Street, Mafoluku, Oshodi are in the habit of bringing minors from villages to act as house boys and girls, subjecting them to all sorts of child abuse including corporal punishments and others.
According to Danny Eze, Coordinator Paths of Peace Initiatives, in 2019, the couple brought Nmesso, a nine-year-old to live and work as a house girl in their home.
“However, throughout her stay with the Ifedili’s she was subjected to all sorts of inhuman treatment including daily flogging (using horsewhip).
Immediately Nmesso left their house, they brought another minor, Chidera a nine-year-old boy, whom they have subjected to the same treatment suffered by Nmesso including flogging, washing of all the domestic clothes in the house.
“Chidera is always seen carrying the couple’s two-year-old baby on his back all day long. Any time he drops the baby he will receive the beating of his life.”
“Witnessing the cry of the innocent boy on a daily basis breaks one‘s heart hence the need to alert the Lagos State authorities.”