A bar manager in Ogun State is now on the run after he set his attendant on fire for allegedly stealing N1,500.
The manager of a bar located in the Akoka area of Ibafo, a suburb of Ogun State, Bidemi Shittu, has been declared wanted by the Ogun State Police Command, for allegedly setting his attendant, Ezekiel Emmanuel, a 13-year-old boy, ablaze over a missing N1,500.
According to reports, Shittu, a husband and father, was the manager of the bar called Golden Fingers Bar in the area and on Sunday, February 8, 2015, had accused Emmanuel of stealing the money and in a bid to get the boy to confess to the crime, had allegedly tied the teenager's hands and feet and locked him up in a room in the bar till the following day.
At about 11.30pm the next day, Shittu brought Emmanuel out to the front of the bar, poured petrol on the boy and set fire on him.
But for the intervention of some residents who went to his rescue, the boy could have been burnt to death. He was rushed to about four hospitals but was rejected before he was referred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Ikeja, Lagos, the following day.
Before the police got to the bar, Shittu had fled the area while the police locked up the facility.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident.
"The suspect poured petrol on the boy for stealing. He maltreated him, tied his hands and feet, and set him on fire. The boy is still in the hospital and the suspect is presently at large.
But the police will arrest the suspect.
This act is not only criminal, but also barbaric. We are intensifying efforts to get him and we will."