A woman has allegedly tied up a 10-year-old orphan, Jibril Aliyu, for two years without enough food in Kebbi State.
The boy was allegedly subjected to inhuman treatment by his step-mother, two years after the death of his mother.
A video had surfaced online in the early hours of Monday, showing a teenager who is believed to be around 10 years of age looking emaciated and unable to stand erect as a result of suspected long impoverishment by his alleged persecutor.
Daily Nigerian gathered that the culprit had been arrested while the boy had been admitted to the Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital.
Another amateur video, which was allegedly taken at a police station in the state, also showed the suspect speaking to policemen, denying having tied the teenager up without food.
According to a Facebook user, Maryam Shetty, who also posted the video on her timeline, the boy lost his mother a few years back.
She said his guardian allegedly subjected him to eating from remnants of food and animals’ dung.
Ms Shetty condemned the woman for allegedly showing no remorse, describing her as evil.
She said: “Videos of an evil remorseless woman from Kebbi State that tied up an orphan who lost his mum for two whole years like a goat! He is impoverished and only ate from remnants of food and animal’s dung. Such cruelty….”
When contacted, the spokesman for Kebbi Police Command, confirmed the arrest of the suspect, saying the woman was in police custody.
According to him, when investigations are concluded, the suspect would be arraigned before in court.