A man has been arrested after he set his two year old niece on fire. She was constantly maltreated by her uncle in Akamkpa local government area of Cross River state, has been rescued. It was revealed that the girl’s uncle (her father’s elder brother) tied her to a guava tree and set fire on her. According to her uncle, he did it because she poos around. As a result of the fire, she sustained high degree injuries. Her feet are burnt as she’s not able to stand nor sit. Apart from the injuries, she is looking malnourished and terribly under weight. She sleeps outside on a make shift bed not even good enough for a dog let alone a human being.
She was rescued by Child Protection Network (CPN) Akamkpa, and brought to Basic Rights Counsel Initiative (#BRCI). She is currently under going treatment. The uncle has been arrested and BRCI will press for prosecution.