The remains of a 13-year-old attendant, Ezekiel Emmmanuel who was reportedly set ablaze by his boss for stealing has been buried by his family.
According to PUNCH Metro; on February 13, Shittu, the manager of Golden Fingers Bar, on Akoka Road, Ibafo, Ogun State, allegedly dragged the teenager out on the evening of Sunday, February 8, poured petrol on him and set him ablaze.
He allegedly claimed that the boy allegedly stole N1, 500.
It was reported that some neighbours rescued the victim and rushed him to a private hospital in the area before he was referred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.
However, Emmanuel, who sustained severe burns from his head to abdomen, died five days later in LASUTH.
The matter, which was reported to the Ibafo Police Division, was later transferred to the state police headquarters in Abeokuta.
Speaking with PUNCH Metro on Tuesday, the father, Ezekiel, said the family members were filled with sorrow as they held the burial, particularly as the suspect had yet to be arrested by the police.
He said, “We just got his body from the LASUTH morgue. We are taking it to the cemetery for burial. We have not heard anything from the police. The suspect is still on the run.
“But his bar and his father’s hotel have remained sealed off by the police since the time of the incident.
“We are indeed very sorrowful. Emmanuel is my only son.
“He was not even working as an attendant in the bar. He only came to stay there after leaving a mechanic workshop where he was an apprentice.
“The suspect has refused to turn himself in because he knows that he is guilty.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, assured the public that the police would get the suspect arrested, no matter the time he spent in hiding.
He said, “This is a murder case; it does not have a statute of limitation.
“If it is 20 years that we are able to arrest the suspect, the case continues.
“So, we will get him certainly.”