A ten-year-old boy (names withheld) was in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, set ablaze for allegedly being a witch.

The incident which took place on Shalele street, near Immaculate Primary School, Lafia-East, Lafia, caused the child to be hospitalized at Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia.

The Nasarawa State Child Protection Network (CPN) which got wind of the incident has decided to take over the issue legally. The men who perpetrated the act – one Adamu and one Suleiman – were said to have gone to the boy’s house at about midnight when his parents were not around, put pepper in his eyes, poured petrol over his body and set him on fire.

The men took the action sequel to a complaint by Adamu’s wife that the boy appeared to her in a dream in the form of a lizard and attacked her. Information at our disposal revealed that at the time of the incident, the parents of the boy were not at home as the father was reported to be ill and hospitalised in Wamba LGA of the state, the boy’s elder brother and aunt watched helplessly as the men engaged in their evil act.

Reacting to the incident, the CPN Coordinator in the state, Barrister Evelyn Kaderi said, the network decided to take up the matter formally and also ensure that the perpetrators were brought to book.

Even though we gathered that the suspects were making efforts at settling the matter out of court, Kaderi said the decision was unacceptable to CPN.

She stressed that if the suspects were punished for their actions, it would serve as a deterrent to other people who have no regard for human lives and who decide to take the law into the hands.

Kaderi who had earlier visited the victim  on his hospital bed in company of other members of the network told the mother of the child; Jamila Haruna that CPN would not relent in its efforts at ensuring that justice prevailed.

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