10-year-old Precious Daniel Offiong’s only sin is that his father chose to marry another woman.
He’s living in hell on earth because he is a male child and the woman in his father’s house is not his biological mother.
As though the regular beatings, starvation, child labour, etc, are not enough, Mrs Mary Ita Edet, the stepmother to Precious had to use an electric iron on his body because he misplaced a two hundred naira (N200) note.
A concerned neighbour who could not stand the ill-treatment meted on this 10-year-old boy by his wicked stepmother sent an SOS to CONVERSEER on Friday (13 Oct 2023), saying the ugly incident occurred on Thursday (12 Oct 2023) at night at No.9 Ekpenyong Ekpenyong Street, Calabar South, Cross River State.
According to the anonymous neighbour, “Precious Daniel Offiong, a 10-year-old pupil of Santa Maria Primary School has been living with his stepmother since he was 4 years old. Mrs Mary Ita Edet is married to his Dad and has always been maltreating him while placing her daughter on a high.
“He was accused of misplacing two hundred naira (N200) by the stepmother and she flogged the hell out of the child and used an electric iron connected to electricity to burn him all over his body.”
Collaborating to the story, another neighbour said: “…the kind of torture/torment this young child goes through in the hands of his stepmother who most times starves him and allows him to trek to church while she and her daughter go by keke amongst other maltreatments.
“No child, be it biological or nonbiological deserves such treatment and we won’t allow such illegalities and devilish acts to go unpunished. The little boy needs urgent medical attention while the stepmother deserves to face the wrath of the law.”
CONVERSEER learned that the matter has been reported to Dr Helen Isamoh, Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs in Cross River State.
Our Reporter is working on getting Mrs Edet’s comment on the matter.