[media-credit name=”Source: Punchng.com” align=”aligncenter” width=”360″][/media-credit]The news report today is a sad one as a 30 year old bricklayer Paul Obiefule who is known to be in the habit of beating his wife’s cousin to the point of injury has allegedly killed the 12 year old boy Onyedikachi Mbanozo.
The rate at which we humans take our fellow humans life is really sad, and to think that the wife helped assist him in smuggling the corpse of her cousin is sickening! And yet, this is not strange news; the gross physical abuse that goes on in lots of homes is just appalling. The little boy died and that’s why we get to hear of this today. All this while when the people turned a helpless boy into their punching bag, what were their neighbours doing?
According to the report published on Punch Newspaper, the 12 year old boy lived with the Obiefules in their home on Omitola Street, in the Agege area of Lagos State and before his death was a victim of constant beating by Obiefule. The man and his wife were caught by neighbors as they were trying to smuggle the corpse of the boy and reported to the police at Pen Cinema Police Station.
He was arraigned on one count of murder and the Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Demi Ajayi, said he should be kept in custody pending legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.The charge reads,
“That you, Paul Obiefule, on May 26, 2014, at about 11pm on Omitola Street, Agege, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully kill one Onyedikachi Mbanozo, aged 12 years, by beating him to death with fist blows and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.”
The police prosecutor, DSP Etim Ekankuk, applied for the remand of the defendant pending legal advice from the office of the DPP. The defendant’s plea was not taken. He said,
“We hereby apply for the remand of the defendant in prison. Our request is brought pursuant to Section 264 (1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011. The remand is to enable the police get the legal advice from the office of the DPP.”
The matter has been adjourned till December 17, 2014.
What many people don’t realize is that when you have another person’s child living with you, that child is given to you in trust and you should do all you can to ensure his safety and treat him even better than yours. We hope the full weight of the law falls on the man and his wife should also be arraigned as an accomplice.