LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- A 14-year-old boy identified as Ayomide Adeghalu, has been allegedly tortured to death by the operatives of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, commonly known as the Amotekun.
It was learnt that the teenager was tortured to death over N500 at the Ogbonkowo area of Odojomu in Ondo town, Ondo West Local Government Area of the state.
The deceased, who hawked cooked rice for his stepmother, was unable to account for the missing money from the sales he made for the day.
Upset by the development, the stepmother reportedly flogged him and insisted he explains the missing N500.
According to a source, after severe punishment from the stepmother, the boy was handed over to the operatives of Amotekun, who tortured him to force him to reveal the truth, Daily Trust reports.
“The teenage boy was subjected to some punishment which lasted for several hours, despite entreaties made to the stepmother to release the boy.
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“Later, the woman handed him over to the officials of Amotekun Corps, and he was tortured. He became too weak and unconscious. By the time he was, “He never complained of any ailment, only to learn that he was tortured to death by some security officials over missing N500.”
The case was said to have been reported at the Fagun Police Station in Ondo, while the remains of the boy were deposited at the morgue.
Speaking with journalists, the mother of the deceased, Mary Adeghalu, lamented the sudden death of her son.
She revealed that she divorced the father of the deceased many years ago and that the boy stayed with the stepmother.
“l was informed about the condition of my son and had to rush to the area to rescue him from those the stepmother handed him over to torture him over missing N500.
“I was surprised about the death of my son, Ayomide, because he was hale and hearty the last time I saw him.
She called on Government agencies to help find his son’s killers and bring them to book.
She said, “My son was wasted simply because he couldn’t account for ordinary N500. I want justice.”