Mother burns daughter’s mouth with firewood
The Niger Child Rights Protection Agency is to charge a 30-year-
old mother of three, Bilkisu Suleiman of Sabon Titi Area of Tunga, to court
for burning her 9-year-old daughter’s mouth with firewood.
The Director-General of the agency, Hajiya Mairam Kolo, said on Friday that
the case was reported to the agency by the Headmaster of the victim’s
school, Malam Musa Garba.
Kolo said the victim’s teacher had reported the matter to the school
authority after seeing the girl’s burnt mouth.
She said that the accused was reported to have denied the victim from
attending school and sending her to hawk on several occasions.
Kolo said the accused would be charged under Section 26 of Child Right
Law for neglect, ill treatment and abandonment, exposure to risk of
She said that Section 26 of the State Child Right Law attracts a fine of
N5,000, or a term of two months’ imprisonment.
The director-general, decried the attitude of parents who sent their children
to hawk in order to make ends meet.
According to her, hawking exposes children to rape and other abuses.
She said the agency would continue to protect the rights of children and
bring justice to the vulnerable.
Suleiman told the agency that she burnt her daughter’s mouth because she
had been stealing money in the house.
She said the girl also stole money from a neighbours’ room, which led her
to burn her mouth.outh with firewood