The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, lmo State chapter and National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, have called on the Imo State Government and Commissioner of Police to arrest and prosecute Mr. Confidence Amatobi for assaulting and injuring his two-month-old baby named Miracle.
The injury inflicted by the 31-year-old man,who hails from Amurie Community in Isu Local Government Area of the state led to the amputation of Miracle’s right hand from the shoulder.
The Chairperson of NAWOJ Imo State, Dr. Dorothy Nnaji frowned at the wicked act of Mr. Amatobi.
Nnaji, who spoke when she visited the baby at Federal Medical Centre, Owerri wondered how a father could assault his child in this manner because the tot was crying.
It was gathered that Mr. Amatobi repeatedly hit the baby with a plastic hanger to stop him from crying.
Nnaji described the incident as heartbreaking and demanded justice for baby Miracle who can’t speak for himself.
Also speaking, the State Coordinator National Human Rights Commission Mrs Ukachi Ukah also condemned the misdeed of Mr Confidence Amatobi and called for justice for the little boy.
Earlier, the mother of the tot, Ms Favour Chikwe who hails from Idemili Community, Anambra State narrated their ordeal at the hands of Mr. Amatobi.
She disclosed that she had left Miracle with his father on Friday, October 7, 2022 to use the convenience.
According to her, she overheard the baby at a point crying uncontrollably and had to rush back to know why he was crying only for her to notice that the right hand of the baby was swollen and bone broken by his father.
According to Favour, on enquiry, Amatobi confessed the baby was disturbing him with his cry while he was sleeping and he had to try quietening him by battering him.
She said; “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 neighbors”.
She stated that she managed to find her way out of the house two days after the incident and informed their neighbours about what happened to her baby and they helped her to take the baby to hospitals in the community that refused to treat the baby before she took him to Federal Medical Centre Owerri.
Favour pleaded with the Imo State Government, National Human Rights Commission, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) and other Civil Society Organizations to help her get justice for her son whose only crime was crying.
Our correspondent learnt that Confidence Amatobi is presently at large.