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In Lagos: Hoodlums stab, force hawker to eat faeces over open defecation


A hoodlum in Aguda, Surulere area of Lagos State, identified only as Lass, is on the run after stabbing a 12-year-old boy, Seyi, for defecating in front of a house.
He allegedly stabbed the boy in the hand and stomach and forced him to eat a portion of the faeces.

Seyi, an orphan and primary six pupil, hawks yam for his aunt whom he lives with in neighbouring Ijesha community.

City Round learnt that the boy had gone hawking on October 1, 2019 when he suddenly had the urge to use the toilet.

Unable to find a toilet around the area, he rushed to the front of the house on Joel Oguntade Street and emptied his bowel beside a gutter.

An elderly woman living in the compound reportedly sighted him and raised the alarm, attracting some residents to the scene.

One of the residents was said to have invited Lass and one other hoodlum who assaulted the boy.

A social worker with the Advocate for Children and Vulnerable Persons, Mr Lanre Akala, said the dehumanising treatment meted out to the boy was brought to his attention and he reported the case at the Aguda Police Station.

Seyi, a native of Ikale, Ondo State, who admitted what he did was wrong, told our correspondent that he resorted to open defecation because he could no longer hold the excreta.

He stated that one of the residents had flogged him before the hoodlums were invited, adding that the louts threatened to kill him if he refused to eat the faeces.

It was learnt that three suspects had been arrested in connection with the assault but they denied Seyi was fed with his faeces.

The case has been transferred to the Gender Unit at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Bala Elkana, said the Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, had ordered that thorough investigation be carried out on the case to ensure that the perpetrators were brought to book. (Punch)

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