Woman sets 13-year-old son ablaze

Obioma Odum, a 13-year-old boy has reportedly been burnt to death by his mother, Chinyere Odum who tied him up, covered him with kerosene before setting him on fire at Umuloghe Agbolughe, in Abia state in Nigeria.

According to the Punch Newspaper, the mother who accused her son of stealing her phone’s memory card was aided by a friend to carry out this heinous act.

An eyewitness said that Chinyere together with her friend (name withheld) initially tied him with a rope and gave him many lashes with a cane before setting him ablaze with kerosene.

Another neighbour who spoke on condition of anonymity said the two women, after lashing the boy dragged him into the kitchen and set him ablaze to make him confess.

The witness added that, “The youths brought out the boy from the kitchen after putting out the fire. But when they rushed him to a hospital in the area, he had sustained up to 54 percent burns.

“He was subsequently referred to the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, which also referred him to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu. He died at the FMC this morning (Tuesday) before he could be moved.”

The father of the deceased, Obioma Odum, in an interview with the media said he was not at home at the time of the incident.

“I was at my place of work when my elder brother called me that my wife and her friend poured kerosene on my son and set him on fire. By the time I got home, some youths had rescued and rushed him to the police clinic in Umuahia.

“We were later referred to the FMC, Umuahia. They asked us to come the next day and take the boy to UNTH, Enugu. But he died before we could move him.

“I have been at peace with my wife until she was taken to a place where she turned into something else. There was a time she broke my head with a cutlass for asking her to sever a relationship with one boy.”

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