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Photo: 12-Year-Old Togolese Houseboy Goes Blind After Employer Attacked Him In Ikeja Lagos

12-year-old togolese houseboy

July 6, 2016 – Picture: 12-Year-Old Togolese Houseboy Goes Blind After Employer Attacked Him In Ikeja Lagos

A 12-year-old houseboy, identified simply as Peter, has been blinded by his ‘madam’ at the Ikeja area of Lagos State. It was gathered that residents, who could no longer stand the violence meted out on the boy by his ‘madam,’ decided to raise the alarm. The latest cruelty meted out on Peter, leading to injuring in his eyes, was said to be over improper washing of kettle.

The yet-to-be identified woman resides at No. 14b, Olu Akerele Street, Balogun Bus Stop off Awolowo Way, Ikeja. According to neighbours, how Peter, a Togolese, was employed by the woman was not clear.

What is clear, however, is that Peter was always being subjected to constant beating. A resident, who gave her name simply as Tayo, said: “We feared the unexpected with the manner the woman used to beat the boy. He has a deep sore on his leg. When I asked him about it, he said it was from burnt from fire. He said the swollen eye was caused by beating from his madam for not washing a kettle properly. “He has been subjected to violence for a long time. You know everybody used to mind his or her business in the compound.

When I saw the boy last, he was looking sickly. Hence I decided to seek help from the appropriate agency.” Another resident, who pleaded anonymity, said the woman was well known for being violent. He said everyone on the street used to keep the woman at arm’s length. He added: “If the boy comes to watch television with them in the parlor, he would be beaten.

On school days, you will see the boy leaving home around 9.30a.m. This is an ideal case of child abuse and child labour. We need the intervention of child protection network in his case.”

[Daily Telegraph]



  1. Metu Nyetu

    July 6, 2016 at 4:05 AM

    Man’s inhumanity to fellow man is too prevalent in this part of the world. Legislation has failed in restraining the wickedness of people. Even where the law is severe, people are still found who breach it. Man, thus, is a desperately wicked specie.

  2. Keeping it real

    July 6, 2016 at 5:38 AM

    God have mercy on humans..may this madam of a devil in humans skin never go on punished

  3. fifelomo

    July 6, 2016 at 6:39 AM

    The woman is nothing but a devil. Why maltreat the boy? This is not just fair! @naijagist pls get to the root of the story. We need to see the face of the wick and hear her version of the story.

  4. betty

    July 6, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    human being are so cruel. no one shld give his or her child for house help cos the way all dis madam mistreat their help is bad.

  5. Olanrewaju

    July 6, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    It is obvious, peter’s parent doesn’t reside in the country. I just wonder the pleasure some people get from hurting another human. May God help you peter

  6. sola olaniyi

    July 6, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    the way some women treat their house-help is just so barbaric

  7. Truce

    July 6, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Uhm its our messed up system dat is warrantg d constant abuse. We need d govt to look properly into d child abuse cases and find ways on how dis kind of things does not happen again or how children will be protected from such abuse.
    Imagine so many children are now been abused on a daily bases, people should not wait until d child is deformed before they speak or report such activities.
    In abroad immediately they see a child is abused once they immediately report to d proper authorities.
    pls let us be our brothers keeper, when u see someone in d neighbourhood abusing a child even if its their own children, let’s call out for help.

  8. Uzoma

    July 6, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    How will this women feel if her child is treated this way? This is child abuse to the nth degree and this barbarian of a woman deserve to be punished. What will be her explanation now that Peter has gone blind in one eye? Will her conscience blame her? people like her don’t have conscience and don’t care. When God starts to punish her she will either blame it on other people or “spiritual attack”. I am not saying that people who claim to be “spiritually attacked” is of their own making but this woman should be an exception. She should repent and ask God for forgiveness and start to do right by this little boy she dehumanized.

  9. Big Aunty Koks

    July 6, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    If one cannot tolerate another person’s child that circumstances have made to live with them as house help or as a poor relation, the proper thing is to return the child to his or her parents rather than use him as a punch bag and maybe maim him in the process.
    Where will a blinded boy go in this world that is already full of hardship. In addition to whatever punishment the woman is given, she should be made to pay for the upkeep and the education of the boy until he can fend for himself.

  10. austinwonda

    July 6, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Women are so abusive but when abused they cry domestic violence

  11. Maryf

    July 26, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Women like this are suppose to be living with the devil in his hell fire kingdom. Wicked witch

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