By Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
The Enugu Police Command at the weekend arrested one Chinedu Okeke, a middle-aged man for alleged constant torture and abuse of his 14-year-old son identified as one Kelechi Goodluck Okeke.
The young Okeke was rescued by the police as he was tied with rope with various categories of injuries all over the body by the father under the guise of disciplining his son.
A statement from the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, noted that Okeke was arrested by operatives of the Trans Ekulu Division.
According to him, the suspect lives at Mary Emmanuel Street, New GRA, Trans Ekulu, Enugu.
He said the arrest of Chinedu Okeke became possible following intelligence report gathered by the police operatives who stormed his residence on March 15, 2017 and found his son, Kelechi Goodluck Okeke begging for his life.
“It was further gathered that Chinedu Okeke is always in this habit of subjecting the son whom he claimed is stubborn to various inhuman treatment of kneeling on the stone with his hands tied together and massive flogging with wires and other dangerous objects thereby leaving the entire body shattered with injuries under the guise of making him to conform to acceptable norms and becoming discipline.
“Following the rescue of little Kelechi with injuries and the arrest of the said father, facts emerged that Kelechi’s mother is not living with the father although there appears to be unresolved marital issues with both parents which left the little boy in the hands of the father.
It was gathered that Kelechi’s father is however leaving with a woman with four kids belonging to a certain pastor in Enugu who has abandoned the pastor over a yet to be established issue and now living with Kelechi’s father and in that process allegedly turned the little boy into a slave.
“According to the rescued boy, for the period of one month now, he has been undergoing this kind of inhuman treatment with his entire body seriously battered and shattered with wire whip. The father on his own part is not denying the act but is blaming the entire situation to act of devil although he maintained that the essence was to discipline the child whom he accused of being stubborn and indiscipline.”
He said investigation into the matter has commenced with a view to bringing the perpetrator to book.