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Police arrest woman who locked little boy in dog cage in virile video

Valentine Chinyem

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The Lagos Police Command has arrested the woman in the Virile video which went round on social media some weeks back.

In the video, the woman, Mbadike Onyinye, 24, could be seen beating up the little boy Chibike Eziamaka, who is also her cousin, who has been living with the family since 2012.

In the video shared on social media platforms, the culprit could be seen beating up the young boy before locking him up inside a dog’s kennel.

In a statement issued by DSP Bala Elkana, the state police spokesman.

He said the incident occurred at 7 Trimnell Street, Aguda in Surulere, and not Enugu as earlier insinuated on social media

The woman was arrested on Wednesday by a team of detectives from Gender Unit for assault and child abuse, while the little boy has been moved to a shelter owned by the state government.

He identified the victim as Chibike Eziamaka, a cousin to the suspect who has lived with her since 2012, since the demise of his parents. The little boy has since been moved to a government shelter within the state, the police added.

Mbadike, admitted to have beaten the boy and locked him inside an empty dog kennel after he consumed an alcoholic beverage from the fridge and became intoxicated.

She noted that, while he was under the influence of alcohol, the boy threw stones at her parked Toyota Camry car and broke the side mirror.

She told detectives that her beating and detaining him was to discipline him, adding that she locked him up in the empty cage for few hours and released him when he was sober.

“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 Lagos State Commissioner of Police, 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 Gender Unit traced the suspect to Chumpe Liquor Store, Surulere and her residence at Aguda.

“The 10-year-old boy was rescued and taken to a secure shelter. The suspect admitted that she is the one on the viral video flogging the child with belt but denied locking the survivor in a cage with dogs.

“She said she only locked him in an empty dog kennel where bags are kept. She claimed to have locked up the boy for few hours before bringing him out. She alleged that the boy took a hot drink in their refrigerator and was misbehaving. That the victim smashed the side mirror of her Toyota Camry with stone which made her detain him in the dog kennel.

“Investigation revealed that the survivor 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 survivor are cousins.

“The suspect’s mother is the elder sister of the survivor’s father. The suspect will be charged to court. The command reiterate its commitment towards protecting the rights of children and other vulnerable members of the society from all forms of violence and abuses,” said Elkana.