A 34-year old man named Solomon has beaten his 11-year old son to death while trying to correct him for having sex with his 8-year old sister.
This happened at the Tasha Gwagwa area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and was confirmed by the Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu who described it as pathetic and a very troubling demonstration of the decay that has crept into the Nigerian society.
Solomon told Sunday Sun that he came home one day in April 2016 and saw his young son engaged in sexual act with his younger sister right in his bedroom.
“Victor was my son, an 11-year-old boy. I had been receiving bad reports about him. The height of it was that he started sleeping with his sister, who is eight-years-old. I had been receiving several reports about the ugly incident. Around 4.00 pm, I came back from work and met Victor sleeping with his sister in my bedroom. The stepmother was not at home,” he said.
Solomon rushed out, picked up a stick and beat him severely such that the little boy went into convulsion and then lost consciousness the next day. Benevolent neighbours of the family rushed him to Gwarinpa General Hospital, where he died.
Solomon who earlier in the day had gone out was summoned to the hospital by phone after his son’s death and was detained on pretext by the doctor who immediately called the Gwarinpa police station.
“I wept when the doctor told me that my son had died. I didn’t have the intention to kill my son. I was trying to correct him because of the immoral act he committed. How can I beat my son to death? I couldn’t believe what I saw. I only acted in anger; I never wanted to kill my son,” he said.
A neighbour identified as Ali Ahmed said: “We heard when the father was beating the child. He beat him to correct him for what he did. The son was very stubborn. The father never had intention to kill his son. What the doctor did that night in the hospital was bad. How could he call the police to arrest the father of the dead boy? We were expecting the doctor to tell the father how to carry the corpse of his son. It is a lesson to every parent”.
Another neighbour who had a different view from Ali said: “What the doctor did was right. The doctor thought that the father would run away upon hearing that his child had died. The parents of the boy are good people. It was me that even called the father on the phone to meet us at the hospital”.