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Bar manager sets 13-year-old employee on fire for stealing $7 from cash register

By Mason White 4:42 PM February 15, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
A boy was rushed to a hospital and is in serious condition after being set on fire by his employer, police in Nigeria said.

Ogun State Police said that they are looking to arrest Bidemi Shittu, who is the manager of the Golden Fingers bar, after being accused of burning 13-year-old Ezekiel Emmanuel.

According to the police investigation, Shittu accused the boy of stealing N1,500 ($7.36) from the cash register.

In an attempt to get the boy to confess to the crime, he tied the hands and feet of Emmanuel, and locked him in a room at the bar until the next day.

Around 11:30 p.m., Shittu poured gasoline on Emmanuel, and set him on fire. Witnesses at the scene quickly came to the boy’s aid and extinguished the flames.

Emmanuel was rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, where he was said to be in serious but stable condition.

By the time police arrived at the bar, Shittu had already fled.