Grandmother Arrested For Allegedly Burning Minor’s Hand In Osun

Grandmother Arrested For Allegedly Burning Minor’s Hand In Osun
Victoria John


Osun State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Osun State has arrested one Victoria John.

Mrs John was arrested for allegedly burning the hand of her nine-year-old granddaughter for stealing.

Channels Television gathered the suspect was arrested after teachers of the minor – who is a Primary Three pupil in one of the public schools – discovered that she could not write in class.

One of the teachers said the pupil was taken to a nearby clinic for treatment where the NSCDC operatives were informed about the incident.

Reacting to the allegations, Mrs John, however, denied knowledge of her granddaughter’s age, saying the girl and her twin brother lost their mother during birth.

She claimed she had been taking good care of the twins after they were retrieved from a motherless home in Jaleyemi, Osogbo, the state capital.

“Their mother was my daughter,” the suspect said. “She got pregnant and the man ran away, but I took care of her and when she had complications at childbirth she died.

“I have been taking good care of these children and what happened is only a mistake. I was only trying to correct the children. They usually steal, and I have been warning them to stop stealing.

“This money that was stolen is N6000 naira and it is the church money that was put in my care. I only put her hand in the fire because I was angry that the twins lied that they did not steal the money.

“Please forgive me, it is the devil that pushed me to do it,” Mrs John lamented.

The young girl, on her part, denied taking the said amount but claimed she only took N500 with which she bought an exercise book, bread and pencil.

She further called on well-meaning Nigerians to come to her aid as the hand needed medical attention.

The NSCDC said the matter would be transferred to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for further investigation.

Presidency Claims First Lady Is Not Sick

The Presidency has responded to media report alleging that the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan is sick again and has been flown abroad for medical treatment.

In a statement released by her Special Assistant (Media), Ayo Osinlu, the First Lady travelled to Dubai from where she proceeded to Paris, France, to participate in the 1st Green Women Conference, which took place on March 17, 2013 where she received the 2013 Global Women Leaders’ Award for Peace, not for medical treatment as speculated.

The statement stated further that the first lady travelled to Italy, “from there proceeded to Germany with her holidaying children to see her mother, Mama Sisi, who is currently receiving medical attention and for the children to spend quality time with their grandmother.

“It is unfortunate that again, some media houses have allowed themselves to be used by dedicated mischief makers against the basic tenet of professional journalism, which regards truth as sacred.

“It is notable that Her Excellency has a history of visiting the hospital in Germany even before she became the First Lady, thus making her medical trips routine.

“It is also instructive to state that medical experts have recommended that every human being should undergo medical check-up every six months, even if not suffering ill health.

“Therefore, hospital visitations of our leaders should not become leading media issues or attract disrespectful comments, just as the current circumstances of former President Mandela and other African leaders in similar situations, and even those who died, have not attracted negative comments from their people”.

Media reports had suggested the first lady was ill, again, and travelled abroad for treatment.

The denial by Mrs. Jonathan’s aides may, however, not impress many Nigerians as the presidency had made similar claims last year when the first lady travelled abroad for several weeks.

Despite the repeated denials by the presidency, Mrs. Jonathan later confirmed her illness and treatment for several weeks at a German hospital saying she nearly died.