A man who subjected his son to untold torture and abuse because of his stubbornness has been arrested by the police in Enugu State.
Punch reports that Okeke who lives in the Trans Ekulu area of the state, had constantly subjected the boy to various forms of physical abuse, often inflicting severe injuries on him.
In the recent assault on the teenager, Okeke was said to have tied him up on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, and made him kneel on sharp stones in a dark room when the police, acting on intelligence, stormed the family house to arrest him.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Ebere Amaraizu who confirmed the development, said fresh wounds inflicted by the father were found on Kelechi’s body when he was rescued.
The police spokesman added that it was discovered that Okeke habitually flogged his son wire and heavy sticks in a bid to 'beat the stubbornness out of him.'
“Okeke is always in the habit of subjecting the son to inhuman treatment, such as kneeling on stones with his hands tied together, and massive flogging with wire and other dangerous objects, thereby leaving his entire body scarred with injuries,” DSP Amaraizu said.
It was further revealed that the boy's mother was separated from Okeke after she left him some time ago, leaving the boy in his care, while he lived with the wife of a pastor who left her husband to move in with him.
The abused boy, Kelechi Okeke
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Continuing, DSP Amaraizu said:
“Following the rescue of Kelechi with injuries and the arrest of Okeke, facts emerged that Kelechi’s mother was not living with the father, although there appeared to be unresolved marital issues which left the little boy in the hands of the father.
Further findings revealed that Kelechi’s father was living with a woman with four kids belonging to a certain pastor in Enugu.
The woman has abandoned the pastor over a yet to be established issue and now lives with Kelechi’s father, and in that process, allegedly turned the little boy to a slave.”
Narrating his ordeal to the police, Kelechi disclosed that he was subjected to constant torture for about one month before he was rescued.
Okeke in his confession to the police claimed that the devil is responsible for the inhuman treatment he has subjected his son to, however, insisting that the boy was too stubborn and he only tortured Kelechi in a bid to discipline him.