CPN rescues 2-yr-old girl set ablaze by uncle in C'River

Destiny Kelvin (R) and her makeshift bed after the rescue
A Non-Governmental Organisation ( NGO),
Child Protection Network (CPN) has rescued a two-year-old girl, Destiny Kelvin who was set ablaze by her uncle, Leo Ewa in Akampka local government area of Cross River State.

The Child was reportedly tied to a guava tree and set on fire by her father's brother because she "defecates around".

The minor has however been handed over to the Basic Rights Counsel Initiative (BRCI) where she is currently undergoing treatment.

BRCI Programmes Manager, Kebe Ikpi who confirmed that the victim was with them said that the child sustained high degrees injuries which has made her unable to stand nor sit.

Ikpi added that the minor was not allowed to sleep inside the house as it was discovered she sleeps out in a makeshift bed "not good enough even for a dog".

According to Ikpi, "Her uncle tied her to a guava tree and set fire on her. According to her uncle, she poos around".

He added that "As a result of the fire, she sustained high degree injuries. Her feet are burnt. She is not able to stand nor sit. Apart from the injuries, she is looking malnourished and terribly under weight. She sleeps outside on a make shift bed not even good enough for a dog let alone a human being"

Explaining further he said "She was rescued by Child Protection Network (CPN) Akamkpa, and brought to Basic Rights Counsel Initiative (BRCI). She is currently undergoing treatment. The uncle has been arrested and BRCI will press for prosecution".

According to Police source in Akampka, the suspect has been arrested and the matter will be transferred to the state Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for further investigation and prosecution.
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