By Ikeugonna Eleke
The Anambra State Commissioner for Women’s Affairs and Children’s Welfare, Mrs Ify Obinabo, has rescued a 17 year-old boy from his abusive guardians.
Obinabo had rescued the boy after the story of his abuse surfaced, and reached out to some individuals brought him to Awka from Onitsha.
The boy, Chikamnanyo Olisaemeka, who hails from Nnewi, explained that his mother handed him over to his uncle in February this year, but since then his life had not been the same.
Olisaemeka stated that his uncle, Mr. Oluchukwu Olisaemeka, and his wife, Ebere Olisaemeka, usually starved him and on some days fed him once a day.
‘I have not been enrolled in any school since I came to Onitsha in February. My auntie, Ebere, has the habit of beating me with sharp objects at the slightest provocation,’ the boy narrated.
Explaining the marks on his body, he said it had become the norm for him to be severely punished with a heated electric iron when he did anything wrong.
Obinabo, who spoke to journalists, said Master Olisaemeka’s guardians would be charged to court; even as she said the boy had been sent to an undisclosed hospital for medical attention.