Crime and Security

Father, stepmother starve, torture boy, 13, in Borno state

Father, stepmother starve, torture boy, 13, in Borno state


A father and stepmother who starved and tortured their 13-year-old son, Aminu, in Borno State are cooling their heels in police custody after the boy was rescued.

The emaciated boy whose body has telltales of the gruesome torture has been rescued by the police in the area.

A Humanitarian worker, Junaid Jibril Maiva, shared the story online and disclosed that Aminu’s mother and father are separated and he had to stay with his father.

The father and his other wives forced Aminu to sleep in a dingy room beside a gutter and denied food and other basic needs.

Acting on a tip-off, the police stormed the father’s home in Baga Road in Maiduguri the state capital and rescued him.

The father and his wives are now in police custody.

Father, stepmother starve, torture boy, 13, in Borno state
Aminu Murtala

Junaid wrote on his Facebook page;

”It is heartbreaking and annoying how parents nowadays treat their own child. This thirteen year old child was denied any form of parental support and shelter simply because his mother was divorced.

“He was forced to sleeps in verandah beside a gutter without foods, clothes, talk less of net to protect him from malaria and other diseases.

“Mallam Murtala from Mobbar LGA now living in Baga road Maiduguri confessed that he and his wives had thrown the child and serves him food once daily”.

The management of National Human Rights Commission led by Barr Jummai Mshelia accompanied by E-D WINN Madame Lucy Dlama, during investigation gathered that Aminu’s stepmothers always beat him without a reason.

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