My mother threatened to kill me â€“ Six-year- old boy stabbed by mom
Six-year-old Promise Eboye, should not be alive, at least
going by the four gory looking stab injuries on his back. The
boy survived an attack that would have killed even an adult
had the injuries been sustained in vital parts of the body.
Promise, a bright and sharp boy lives with his mother and
step-father in Kollington area of Ijaiye, Lagos, while his
biological father lives in Benin, Edo State.
At about 8am on Monday, Promiseâ€™s mother, Comfort,
stabbed her son four times, inflicting life-threatening
injuries on the boyâ€™s body.
The broken bottle the woman used on her son tore into the
boyâ€™s flesh inflicting one three-inch injury and another two-
inch injury on the boyâ€™s back. Two other wounds looked
equally horrific but were not as long and deep as the other
Neighbours said if Promise had not run away from his
mother, who held tight to his wrist and stabbed him as he
screamed, he would have been stabbed to death.
What manner of crime could such a young boy have
committed, people who witnessed the scene have asked.
On Wednesday, our correspondent visited the womanâ€™s
house on Olawoyin Street. The story that Promise, his
neighbours and the hospital workers told could only be
described as incredible.
Promise, who seems to have a remarkable memory, told
Saturday PUNCH that his mother has a â€œN30 caneâ€, which
she uses to flog him, even when he had no idea what he
had done wrong. He said she would sometimes beat him till
he could not walk.
â€œMy mother is wicked,â€ Promise said simply, quietly. As
shocking as that sounded, coming from a six-year-old, it
explained the kind of treatment the boy had been
experiencing in the hands of his mother.
Promise said he had been living with his father in Edo State
since he was one year old. But when he was five, his
mother came to take him from his fatherâ€™s house.
The boy said, â€œI was sweeping the day she came. I did not
know her as my mother. My father then told me that she
was my mother and she had come to take me to Lagos.
â€œWhen we came to Lagos, I started to live with her and my
step-father. But she beat me all the time.â€
Asked what happened on Monday to make his mother stab
him, Promise said he tripped and fell.
He said, â€œWhen I fell, my mother asked me what pushed me
and why I fell. She was angry and went to take her N30
cane. When she was beating me too much and I was
screaming, one of our neighbours came to hold her hand to
take the cane away from her. The woman said I should run
away because my mother would kill me the way she was
â€œMy mother said â€˜I will kill you, I will kill youâ€™. When she
could not find anything else to beat me with, she took a
broken bottle on the ground and started to stab me on the
Promise was rescued by alarmed residents, who took him
to a private hospital nearby.
But by the time the boy was taken to the hospital, Comfort
had planted another story in the boyâ€™s head.
Pastor Charles Agboola, a pharmacist who founded the
hospital, said the two people who brought Promise in said
the boy fell down and landed on a broken bottle. When
Agboolaâ€™s wife, a nurse, asked the boy what actually
happened, Promise told her that he was watching two
people fight when he sustained the injury.
The nurse told our correspondent, â€œHe told me that they
pushed him and he landed on the broken bottles but when I
informed my husband, he said immediately that the story
could not be true. I also noticed that the wounds were not
consistent with that story.
â€œIt was shocking that the boyâ€™s mother was not remorseful
in any way. It was when she dashed out of the door under
the pretence that she was going to look for money for the
boyâ€™s treatment, that a crowd from their street, who were
coming to the hospital ,grabbed her and told the true story
of what happened.
â€œWhen we asked Promise why he lied, he said his mother
had told him what to say when asked how he sustained the
Mr. Agboola told Saturday PUNCH that by the time the boy
was about to leave the clinic, he was crying.
â€œHe said he did not want to go back home. We fed him,
gave him any kind of food he wanted because I could not
leave the boy to suffer even though nobody paid us any
money for his treatment. We even prayed for him. Anytime
we brought up the issue of who would take over his care
when he was released from our hospital, he became very
sad,â€ the pharmacist said.
Neighbours told our correspondent that Comfort sometimes
punished the boy by smashing his head against a wall
whenever he did something wrong.
Comfort was later handed over to the police at Ijaiye-
Comfort, who is nursing a toddler, said Promise stepped on
her baby, which was why she became angry.
When Promiseâ€™s biological father was later contacted, he
initially said he wanted nothing to do with the issue.
â€œI have other children â€“ I have produced boys and girls.
Whatever she likes, she should do with her son. When she
likes, she would take the boy to a motor park and send him
to me through a driver,â€ the man said.
Later when he was told that his ex-wife was in police
custody, he said he would come to Lagos to pick the boy.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Kenneth Nwosu,
said Comfort would be arraigned as soon as possible.
He explained that Promise had been treated and discharged
from hospital. As of the time of filing this report, Promise
was being housed at the Lagos State social welfare home.
Later on Thursday, Comfort was arraigned at an Ojokoro
Magistrate Court, Lagos on charges of assault occasioning
harm and attempted murder.
Promiseâ€™s father also came to Lagos on Thursday to take
the boy. The father declined to speak on the issue when our
correspondent tried to ask him some questions. â€œI only
came to Lagos to pick the boy,â€ he said.
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