An artisan, identified as Saviour Aniefok, has allegedly tortured his seven-year-old son, known as Nathaniel, to death at his residence at Amen Compound, in the Shangisha area of Magodo Phase 2, Lagos State.
Saviour, who is said to be on the run, reportedly tortured the victim on the allegation that he stole a piece of fish belonging to one of his customers.
NEWSNAIJA learned that the customer asked the deceased father’s services in repairing a faulty microwave.
The customer was said to have given Saviour a piece of fish to test the microwave after it was repaired.
While delivering the repaired microwave to the customer, Saviour reportedly forgot the fish at his shop.
NEWNAIJA learned that Saviour took the fish home for preservation and afterwards delivered to the customer when he returned to his shop.
When our source visited his residence in Shangisha on Monday, residents, including neighbor’s, said they heard Nathaniel wailing in pain when his father was beating him.
One of the neighbors’ stated that the father was fond of torturing the boy and his brother named Charles.
The neighbor further said I still saw Nathaniel on Sunday afternoon and even gave him snack to eat, it was around 10pm we started hearing Nathaniel shouting and crying for help, we also heard loud bangs on the floor and wall indicating that his father was beating him again.
As he was crying and shouting his father was telling him to shut up, I personally thought their stepmother was at home to caution him, we later got to find out that she travelled, shocking I heard his dead the following day.
Another neighbor said the father of the deceased facilitated Nathaniels burial the following day, adding that he took along with him Charles and went into hiding to conceal the crime he has committed,
According to the neighbor the father of the deceased said he was sick, someone that I saw playing in the compound, the injuries he sustained during the torture must have been responsible for his death.
Adding that we only saw him on two separate occasions after his son died, we have also not seen the stepmother of the children.
Another neighbor said “the police have arrested his brother but we don’t know if Saviour has been arrested. I have seen him torturing one of the boys to the point of carrying the boy up and slamming him to the ground,”.
Another neighbour said he saw Saviour and three other persons attempting to carry Nathaniel to a location in the state around 4am.
He said, “I saw Nathaniel lying naked in the back seat of Saviour’s car. I observed that a pain relief substance had been used to massage his body because I smelt it. I was on my way to work when I saw them.”
NEWSNAIJA learned that some good Samaritans contacted the Child Protection Unit of the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development, which informed the Isheri Police Division to investigate the case.
When contacted, Saviour denied torturing his son to death, adding that Nathaniel was fleeing from being disciplined for stealing his customer’s fish when he fell and smashed his head on tiles.
In savior words said, “I didn’t torture my son to death. After I returned from church on Sunday, I got home and realized my customer’s fish had been touched. I asked who touched it and Charles said he was not the one.
“I asked Nathaniel, but he also denied it. I was going inside my room when Nathaniel thought I wanted to get a cane and as he attempted to run, he fell and hit his head on the tiles.
I observed he was behaving strangely around 2am, so I quickly rushed him to a nearby hospital but it was locked, I still rushed him to another hospital in ketu, where he was referred to another hospital but he died.
I didn’t go into hiding , my mother was sick so I came home to see her and tell her what happened, I wanted to return to Lagos today before the IPOB stay at home home order prevented me from returning.
CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, the state Public Relations Officer said he was going to get back to our source but at the time of filing this story he was yet to do as promised.