Bar manager sets 13-year-old worker on fire over $7

Bar manager sets 13-year-old worker on fire over $7
Published: 2015 February 15 15:50:06 (10197 Views)
A bar manager in Nigeria allegedly poured petrol on his 13-year-old attendant, Ezekiel Emmanuel, and set him ablaze.

Apparently Mr. Bidemi Shittu, who is married with children, was the manager of Golden Fingers Bar in the area, took the action because the teenager reportedly stole N1,500 ($7) from him.
 
Bidemi allegedly tied the teenager's hands and feet in a room in his bar till Monday, waiting for him to admit the offence.

On Monday, at about 11.30pm, Bidemi brought Emmanuel out to the front of the bar, poured petrol on the boy and set fire on him but he was rescued by some residents who were out at the time.

They rushed Emmanuel to a private hospital in the area where he was initially treated before he was referred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos, the following day.

The matter was reported to the Ibafo Police Division, and the policemen sealed off the bar but Bidemi fled before he could be arrested.

Emmanuel's uncle, Mr. Toyin Olayemi, said the boy was rejected by four different hospitals before he was eventually taken to LASUTH.



He said, "Emmanuel's father is not around. He went to his hometown in Ekiti because he fell ill. On Tuesday morning when they told me about Emmanuel. I rushed to the private hospital and I saw him on the bed, severely burnt from head to abdomen.

"He was working on part-time basis in the bar, although Bidemi did not pay him any salary. Emmanuel is also learning generator repair at a workshop. I was told that the manager accused him of stealing N1,500.

"Despite pleas from neighbours that they would repay him, he waited till everyone had gone to sleep and brought out the boy and burnt his body.

"The private hospital asked us to take him away the following day. We went to about four government hospitals which rejected him before we came to LASUTH.

"Since that Tuesday, they have not allowed us to see him. They said he was still under observation. The suspect too has run away. We learnt that a policeman in the Ibafo division tipped Bidemi off to evade arrest."

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident.

He added that the police were intensifying efforts to arrest the suspect and said, "This act is not only criminal, but also barbaric. We are intensifying efforts to get him and we will."




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