A 10-year-old boy, identified as Chimobi, has been taken into protective custody by the Lagos State Government after his brother’s wife, Gift Igwe, allegedly set him ablaze at their home on Adenugba Street, Agunfoye, Ikorodu.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the offence of the Ishielu, Ebonyi State indigene, was that he misplaced his trousers and could not produce them when Gift demanded them from him.
Residents of the community, who heard the cry of the victim, put out the fire, during which he reportedly passed out.
Chimobi was subsequently rushed to the Ikorodu General Hospital, Ikorodu.
Policemen from the Igbogbo division were said to have arrested the suspect.
Officials of the Office of the Public Defender, who had been monitoring the treatment of Chimobi, took him into custody.
A source told PUNCH Metro that the child was brought to Lagos in 2016 by the brother to start living with his family.
He said since then, Gift had been abusing Chimobi, adding that matter came to a head when she set him ablaze that Wednesday.