By Jude Michael

A 17-year-old boy, Chikamnayo Olisaemeka, has been rescued from his misery at the hands of his guardians by the Anambra State government.The Anambra State commissioner for women’s affairs and children’s welfare, Mrs Ify Obinabo, organised the rescue after the story of his abuse surfaced on social media. The commissioner brought the boy to Awka from Onitsha with the help of some people.Olisaemeka, who hails from Nnewi, explained that his mother handed him over to his uncle in February this year, but since then his life had not been the same. He stated that his uncle, Mr. Oluchukwu Olisaemeka, and his wife, Ebere Olisaemeka, usually starved him and on some days fed him once a day.‘I have not been enrolled in any school since I came to Onitsha in February. My auntie, Ebere, has the habit of beating me with sharp objects at the slightest provocation,’ the boy narrated.Explaining the marks on his body, he said it had become the norm for him to be severely punished with a heated electric iron when he did something wrong.Obinabo, who spoke to journalists, said Master Olisaemeka’s guardians would be charged to court, even as she said the boy had been sent to an undisclosed hospital for medical attention.

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