A boy known as Ifeanyi met his death on Saturday in a market at Inikiri Benard village, Effium community, in the Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State as he thrown into a fire for stealing a small measure of uncooked rice from a trader.
A source said;
“The boy was thrown into a fire by two traders who accused him of stealing rice from a shop at the market to cook for himself and his father.
“It took the intervention of sympathisers to rush him to AMURT Hospital in Effium. But due to the severe nature of the injuries, boy was denied treatment. Efforts were thereafter made to take him to the Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, where he is currently struggling between life and death.”
“When inquired from the perpetrators why they went that far in maltreating the boy, they said he had the habit of stealing cassava, yam and others. So this time, they caught him stealing their rice and they decided to teach him a lesson so that he would not come back to steal their food again.
“They said it was not their intention to burn his whole body. They said they only tied him up and after beating him, they tried to roast his toes in the fire, but because he was struggling, he slipped off their hands and fell into the fire and got burnt beyond their expectation. We have reported the incident to the police.”