The tragic incident was first reported online by an Instagram user @srigeorgeom. He wrote:
What a cruel world. This week Tuesday, between the hours of 8 to 9 am. I saw crowd of people around my vicinity gathered this little boy, so I stopped by and inquired what happened. They told me this little boy on his way to school, stole doughnut from a shop. The people whom he stole the doughnut even gave him more of it and mineral and asked him to go. They all claimed that his father and stepmum have the habit of starving and beating him to stupor on daily basis. I saw so many scars on his body.I took the boy to my house, interviewed him, and he told me so many things. How he has been suffering since his mother left his father. I gave him some biscuits, asked him to come and eat at my place anytime and promised to see his father this week before he left for school just to wake up this morning with shouting that his father has beaten him to death. His father has finally killed him. This happened in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
According to PUNCH, eyewitnesses reports that the tragic incident occurred on Saturday at about 12.30am.
Another source said that the boy, who failed to carry out the father’s instruction, got beaten until he fainted.
Another eyewitness alleged that the deceased was beaten to death because he stole the sum of N3,000 from his father.
The matter was reported to the police and the man was arrested.
The Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident
“Yes, it happened today in Amadi-Ama in Port Harcourt. I think there was a misunderstanding between the boy and his father before the man began to beat the son until he (son) died,” Omoni said.