A minor, between the ages of 13-15 was on Friday given over fifty lashes at the Cross River State Governor’s office for allegedly stealing a hand-set belonging to his teacher in Calabar.
The boy, who was completely naked, was whipped by a security operative attacked to Governor Ben Ayade’s office.
His loud cries and lamentations attracted workers and journalists to the torture scene.
The torture, which lasted for almost an hour, was put to a halt when the officer observed that the victim was weak and on a stage of passing out.
Sadly, no assistance came from any worker as the staff according to our findings were afraid to intervene.
For close to an hour activities in the office was brought to a standstill as the minor ran round the open area (Behind the main building of Governor’s office) where he was tortured.
Though, some mothers working in the office had pity over the way the minor was treated, and urged the security officers to allow him wear his uniform, the pleading fell in deaf ears.
“Why don’t they take him to Police station for interrogation rather than beating him mercilessly? See how they have inflicted injuries all over his body”, one of the women lamented.
On investigations, DAILY POST gathered that the minor allegedly stole hand-set of his teacher while the teacher (female) was teaching.
The line was tracked and the suspect (Minor) was arrested. Disappointingly, the father of the boy was inside one of the offices while the son was being tortured.
The boy who could not stand erect because of the beating was seen struggling to put his sandals and school uniforms.
The sister of the boy was not spared as the officer gave her two dirty slaps for failing to tell her dad about the attitude of her brother.
The faintly minor was whisked away to an unknown destination by policemen.