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Four Year Old Boy Eaten Up By Dogs

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A four year old boy in Lagos, identified as Omonigho Abraham was beaten by two dogs who ate off his scalp.

 According to the PUNCH newspaper, Abraham, who is currently battling for his life at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in Ikeja, was attacked by the two dogs who chewed off his skin, exposing his skull. This incident occurred on Thursday on Adegboyega street in Akesan Estate, in the Igando area of Lagos state.

Seven-year-old Osemudiamen, the immediate elder brother of the victim, narrated the story. He explained how the dogs had chased him, Omonigho, and their elder brother, Bobby, while they were playing with a bicycle.

"We were riding a bicycle in the compound when the big dogs - Jack and Gadaffi - started barking at us. Later, they moved towards us. 

My elder brother and I quickly ran upstairs and locked the door while Omo (Omonigho), who could not run fast, was left behind.

When he got to the door, he knocked that we should open for him and as we did, one of the dogs forced his way into the house with him. We all ran out. Bobby jumped down from upstairs and I also jumped. But Omo could not jump, so the dog attacked him.

The other dog also joined in the attack and there was nothing we could do", he narrated.

The victim's mother, Mrs. Helen Abraham, who was away when the incident happened, said her son had been injured by the time she arrived at the scene.

"When I got there, I met a crowd. They asked me not to go inside, but I refused to listen to them. One of the dogs emerged from the corridor with blood stains in its mouth. I ran inside. The other dog, on sighting me, pounced, but I fought back. It later ran away. I called on people who joined me to take him to a hospital", she narrated. 

"This has been a nightmare I want to wake up from", the mother said.

According to an eye witness who lived on the street but pleaded anonymity, the screams of Bobby and Osemudiamen attracted passersby and residents. No fewer than seven policemen from the Igando Police Station reportedly stood at the gate, confused.

According to the witness, "the police came, but said there was nothing they could do. The dogs were growling as they ate the child alive and that sent fear into everyone. Nobody could move inside to challenge the dogs. Everybody was just shouting in confusion and wielding sticks".

The police were said to have arrested the owner of the dogs, One Stanley Wesley. 

A resident noted that the people living in the house had warned Wesley about his dogs but he refused to listen.

She said, "We became alarmed when he brought a third dog recently which was more ferocious and bigger than the others. Whenever he took that dog on a walk, even adults would be scared.

People told him to find a place to keep his giant dogs, but he refused to listen. It was the new dog that first followed those children into the house".

The father of the victim, Mr. Odia Abraham, said the medical personnel at the Igando General Hospital asked them to transfer him to LASUTH because of the severity of the case.

"The doctor at Igando said his condition was critical and we should take him to LASUTH. When the incident happened, I was away at work. But when I got home, I saw parts of my son's scalp on the floor. The dogs dragged him through the compound for about one and half hours and nobody moved near them. His face was also affected, but thankfully it did not get to his eyes.

His two brothers also got injured. The seven-year-old who spoke with you has a fracture, which we are still treating", he explained, stating also that the eldest brother, who is 13 years, has a minor injury.

"We marked Omo's fourth birthday in June. He is a very intelligent boy and he always tells me he wants to be a soldier because he loves to protect people.

I am hoping this thing will not affect his brain", he said.

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