Updates on Delta teacher who flogged 19-month-old child to death
A teacher at Arise and Shine Nursery and Primary School, Asaba, Emeka Nwogbo, arrested over allegations of flogging a 19-month-old child, Obinna Udeze to death, has denied the allegation.
According to Nwogbo, who talked to journalists on Tuesday, there must have been other underlying concerns that contributed to the death of Udeze, as the youngster did not die while being punished.
The teacher claimed that he flogged Obinna as he would a ‘baby,’ and that the child was punished for pushing another child.
“I didn’t cane the youngster to death; I flogged him the way I’m supposed to flog a child,” he explained. I only flogged him as much as I could without killing the child. I’m not to blame for his death. They should investigate this thoroughly. Because he pushed another child and smacked the other child in the head, I flogged him.”
Meanwhile, Ari Muhammed Ali, the state police commissioner, said a post mortem will be performed to identify the cause of death of the deceased youngster.
“A post mortem examination will be conducted, at the very least to determine the cause of death,” he stated.
On Monday, February 7, 2022, the 19-month-old baby died after the school owner, Mrs Ogbo, and her son, Emeka Nwogbo, allegedly gave him 31 blows of the cane.
The toddler had been beaten to the point of coma, and the beating had left various bruises on his body.
The boy died at the Federal Medical Centre in Asaba, the state capital, five days later. The school has since been closed by the state government.
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Ebenezer Omejalile, Chief Operating Officer of Advocates for Children and Vulnerable People’s Network, a human rights organization, informed the public about the tragic incident.
The baby, a student at Arise and Shine Nursery and Primary School, had previously been given 31 strokes of the cane for playing with water and becoming wet.
The act was carried out, according to the victim’s mother, by the school owner and her son, who tied the baby’s hands and legs before whipping him into a coma.
After the infant died, the mom and her son, who had been in police custody but had been freed after striking an agreement with the victim’s family, were re-arrested on Saturday.
That’s all for now on Teacher who flogged 19-month-old child to death