The Rights Protection Agency in Niger state, has arrested a certain Musa Mohammed, 43, for setting his 15-year-old son Bello Musa ablaze.
The incident reportedly occurred around Polytechnic road, Bida, in Bida Local Government Area of Niger state on Tuesday.
Speaking with newsmen on the unfortunate development, the Director-General of the agency Mariam Kolo, said the accused would be charged to court under Section 25 of the Child Rights Law and Sections 299 and 348 of the Panel Code Law.
Kolo explained that on that fateful day, Mr. Musa, siphoned petrol from his motorcycle, tied his son, poured the fuel and set him on fire but the quick intervention of the neighbours saved the boy from death.
“During questioning, the father confessed that his action was as a result of the behaviour of the boy, that he is always quarreling with his elder brother and rude to him.
“He said that he was tired of the boy’s bad behaviour and had warned him several times to stop fighting his elder brother, but he refused to adhere to the warning,” she said.
She added that the victim is receiving treatment at the Umaru Ndayako General Hospital, Bida.
Earlier, the father admitted to have poured petrol on his son and set him ablaze.
However, he pleaded with the agency for leniency, saying he committed the offense out of anger.