December 2, 2022

Authorities from the National Human Right Commission, NHRC, and the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Imo State chapter have called on the Imo State Government and the Nigeria Police Force to immediately arrest and prosecute one Mr Confidence Amatobi, for allegedly assaulting his 2-month-old baby, Miracle Amatobi.

Source gathered that the suspect was said to have assaulted little Miracle with a plastic hanger and broke the baby’s arm for disturbing his sleep.

Consequently, the incident led to the amputation of the fractured arm at the Pediatrics ward of the Federal Medical Centre, FMC Owerri, source confirmed.

NAWOJ, NHRC and the aggrieved mother of baby Miracle, made the call for justice in Owerri the Imo State Capital.

Imo State Chairperson of NAWOJ, Dr Dorothy Nnaji who spoke to newsmen after visiting the amputated boy at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Owerri, confirmed that the injury inflicted by the 31-year-old father, a native of Amurie in Isu LGA of the state, led to the amputation of the little boy’s right hand.

Mrs Nnaji who frowned at the undeserved cruelty act of Mr Amatobi expressed shock that a father could assault his innocent child simply because he was crying and disturbing his sleep.

She disclosed that Mr Amatobi was reported to have repeatedly hit the baby with a plastic hanger to stop him from crying until the right hand broke.

The wife to the suspect and mother to the baby added that, “Amatobi used a plastic hanger on the baby, simply because i left to in his care to ease herself. He used wood and elastic bands to tie the baby’s hand when he saw that hand was broken and swollen,”

“He locked me and the baby to prevent me from talking to neighbours or seeking help. He also took my phone from me. However, after two days, I found my way out and sought help from the neighbours.”

However, the suspect was said to have initially been captured by local vigilante but escaped afterwards.

Police authority in Imo State is yet to comment on this incident at time of filing this report

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