It was a bizarre case of sheer wickedness when a 30-year-old man, Chris Elvis, allegedly padlocked his son’s mouth in order to mute his screams of pain while he battered him to death. He has since been arrested by the police in Lagos.
Elvis was said to have allegedly accused his four-year-old Godrich of being an â€œOgbanjeâ€ or â€œevil childâ€ who had brought the family ill fortune in recent times.
Elvis, who is a security guard, beat his son, burned him all over his body with a hot iron and then locked him in a plastic drum, according to court documents.
The childâ€™s mother called the police after returning from the market to find her sonâ€™s horrific death.
Elvis tried to act like he was mentally ill when he was arrested, but the authorities said his condition was normal, according to International Business Times.
The security guard has been held in custody after being charged with murder.
The charge sheet reads: â€œThat you, Chris Elvis, on February 10, 2014, about 5 pm at 7, Adetola Adelaja street, Meiran Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully kill one Godrich Elvis, aged four years by using a hot pressing iron to burn him all over his body and putting him inside a plastic drum and locked the drum with padlock and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.â€