Saturday, 25 October 2014

Photos Of Dogs That Chewed A 4 Year-old Boy's Scalp In Lagos

The paraded dogs
The Lagos State Police Command has said only a court of law could decide whether the two dogs (pictured above)which ate the skull of a four-year-old boy in Igando area of Lagos State, Omonigho Abraham, be killed or not.

The command, which paraded the two dogs at its headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos State on Tuesday, added that the dogs had been examined and been found to be disease-free.
The Commissioner of Police, Cornelius Aderanti, said it was important to parade the dogs so that the public would rest assured that the dogs were still in police custody, and had not been released as being rumoured.
He said, “We have brought the dogs out so that the public would know that they are still in police custody. They have been examined and show no negative trait. It is only the court that will decide what happens to them. The police cannot decide to kill the dogs.”

Omonigho Abraham
Omonigho Abraham

Omonigho Abraham, the four-year-old boy, who was attacked by two dogs in the Igando area of Lagos State, has said the police and the government must ensure that the dogs that almost took his life are killed.
The little boy, who is in the Burns and Plastic Ward of the Lagos StateUniversity Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, told PUNCH Metro on Monday that he would not return home until the dogs were dead.
The victim, who still had a bandaged head, said he tried to run from the dogs when they started to attack him but he was overwhelmed.
Narrating his ordeal, he said, “I was playing with my brothers when the dogs entered our flat. I could not jump, so they bit my head. I pinched Gaddafi (one of the dogs), but he did not leave me. It was when I heard the voice of my mummy that I woke up. I want them to kill the dogs; I won’t return home.”
Omonigho, whose face was still marred with signs of the attack, wore a sad countenace when he saw the gory pictures of his torn head on his father’s phone.
He later started playing games on the smart phone.
A worker in the ward who said the boy’s health had improved compared to when he was admitted said, “The day they brought him here remains unforgettable for me. I couldn’t eat throughout that day because he looked horrible.”
PUNCH Metro had reported that Omonigho’s scalp was bitten off by two dogs in their neighbourhood, while he played with his brothers.
Our correspondent also reported that the residents of the area and some policemen who besieged the scene of the incident, did nothing to rescue him until his mother arrived.
Our correspondent learnt that Mrs. Abraham fought off the dogs and snatched her son from their jaws.
The father of the victim, Odiah, berated the police for failing to rescue his son. He also accused the police of attempting to muddle up the investigations.
He told PUNCH Metro that a senior police officer asked him to “order the release of the dogs to their owner”.
Omonigho’s father, who was angry that the police claimed to have saved the boy, said he got a call from the Divisional Crime Officer of the Igando Police Station asking him to come and order them to release the dogs.
He said, “She asked me to come and agree to release the dogs to the owner or else, they would release the dogs to the owner themselves. She said in the alternative, I should take the dogs to my house.”
Our correspondent learnt that the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, paid a visit to the victim at LASUTH.
Odiah said, “My wife even told him that at the gate when she was about rescuing the boy, she asked one of the seven policemen to follow her inside, but the police officer said, ‘am I the one that should follow you to go and die?’. My wife said that was what gave her the courage to go inside the rescue the boy,” he added.
He told our correspondent that since PUNCH Metro reported the matter, he had been receiving support from Nigerians.
He said the Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, had also sent his personal medical doctor, one Dr.Ufoma, who discussed the possibility of the victim being flown abroad for further treatment.
The Lagos State Government, Ministry of Health, was also said to have refunded money spent on his treatment, and promised to pay all other expenses.
The police spokesperson, Nwosu, confirmed his visit to the hospital and promised to investigate the allegation.
He said, “I was there on Friday as part of our efforts to show concern. I told the mother that in the midst of all this, what is more important is the life of the boy. If anybody has acted in an unprofessional way, we will investigate and take the appropriate action.”

The paraded dogs

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