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Uncle hammers nail into 8-year-old nephew’s head because he stole $1.50

By Mason White 4:39 PM June 20, 2017
Hammer and nails (illustration)
Hammer and nails (illustration)
By: Alexis Bell

A cruel man severely injured his young nephew after accusing him of stealing money from a drawer, according to police in Nigeria.

Lagos police said that they have arrested the 50-year-old uncle identified as Paul, after being accused of hammering a nail into his 8-year-old nephew’s head.

Paul is facing a charge of grievous bodily harm.

According to the police investigation, Paul adopted his nephew named Friday, after both of his parents died. Neighbors told police that Paul regularly abused Friday, at his home located at 6 Anjorin Street.

On Saturday, Paul accused Friday of stealing N500 ($1.59), which he kept in a drawer. When Friday denied the allegations, Paul grabbed a nail and a hammer.

Paul then knocked the nail into his nephew’s head. Neighbors who heard Friday’s screams called the police. Friday was rushed to the Saviour the Rock Hospital, where he is said to be in critical condition.

Doctors managed to remove the 3-inch-long nail from the boy’s skull.