Favour Chikwe, the 20-year-old mother of the 2-month old baby boy whose right hand was amputated in Imo State has explained how the child’s father, Confidence Amatobi, impeded her ability to obtain immediate medical care for him.
Two days ago, the shocking story of the innocent little child went viral. According to reports, Amatobi allegedly broke his two-month-old baby’s arm for ‘disturbing his sleep’.
The incident that happened in Imo State attracted condemnation and outrage, as the assault on the little baby led to the amputation of the fractured arm.
Following the incident, the Imo State Chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), and the National Human Right Commission (NHRC) have called on the State Government and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to immediately arrest and prosecute the suspect.
NAWOJ, NHRC and the aggrieved mother the little baby Miracle made a call for justice in a joint press briefing in Owerri on Monday.
The Imo State Chairperson of NAWOJ, Dr Dorothy Nnaji, said that injury inflicted by the 31-year-old father, a native of Amurie in Isu LGA of the state led to the amputation of the little boy’s right hand at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owerri.
Expressing shock over the incident, Mrs Nnaji, described it as dastardly cruel that a father could assault his innocent child simply because he was crying and disturbing his sleep.
She disclosed that Amatobi was reported to have repeatedly hit the baby with a plastic object to stop him from crying until the right hand broke.
Describing the attack on the little boy as the height of child abuse, the chairperson demanded justice for the baby since he could not speak for himself.
The Imo State Coordinator NHRC, Mrs Ukachi Ukah, on her part condemned the brutality and insisted that justice must be allowed to take its course.
Narrating her ordeal with BBC News Pidgin, the mother of the little child who hails from Idemili Community, Anambra State, said she has known the father of her child for four years.
Favour said they were both living together before she went back to her aunt’s house in Anambra state where she eventually gave birth.
According to the young mother, Amatobi came to see her at aunt’s house and took her and their baby back to Imo state.
Favour further disclosed that she had left Miracle with his father on Friday, October 7, 2022, to use the convenience, when the incident occurred.
She recalled that she overheard her baby crying uncontrollably and had to rush back to know the cause of his cry only for her to discover that the right hand was swollen and bone broken from the beating he received from his father.
Amatobi however, confessed that the baby was disturbing him with his cry while he was sleeping and he had to try to stop him by battering him with a plastic hanger.
“Upon noticing that he has broken the baby’s hand, he used sticks and rubber bands to bind the broken bones together.
“When l confronted him about what he did, he locked us in the room, to prevent me from telling people about his wicked deed or seek for help. He also collected my phone from me, so that I will not call the neighbours.”
She further narrated how she managed to take the baby to hospitals in the community, which refused to treat the baby, before she took him to Federal Medical Centre Owerri, where the amputation was done.
The woman appealed for support to save her child while calling on the state government, NHRC and other civil society organisations to assist her to get justice for her son.