A 19-month-old baby has died in Delta State South-South Nigeria, after he was allegedly flogged by a teacher.
The teacher, Emeka Nwogbo, 24, was arrested by police in Asaba on Monday, along with his mother, who owns the Arise and Shine Nursery and Primary School, Asaba.
Police commissioner in Delta state Ali Mohammed said police were working day and night to ensure justice for all parties involved in the boy’s death.
He said the command received the report of the alleged child abuse on February 10 and launched investigations.
“However, we later received a report that the child died around 9:30 am on Saturday, at the Federal Medical Center, Asaba, so we arrested the suspects.
“We are waiting for the autopsy report from the hospital, and we want to call for calm from each and every one. “Once we get the autopsy report, we will launch a full investigation and I want to assure the public that justice will be done in this matter,” Mohammed said.
Delta Information Commissioner Charles Aniagwu was present as the suspects paraded. He told reporters that the state government was committed to ensuring justice for the deceased child.
“As a state government, we are deeply concerned about the circumstances surrounding the victim’s death.
“The life of every resident is of the utmost importance to the government, which is why we want to ensure justice in this matter. “We want to call on members of the public to remain calm and exercise restraint. Let the police do their job thoroughly,” Aniagwu said.
The commissioner assured that the state government will work with the police to ensure a thorough investigation and prosecution of anyone found guilty.
The incident highlights the dangers of corporal punishment in Nigerian schools.