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Police Nabs Owner As Dog Bite & Kill 5 Year Old 

A dog breeder in Ikorodu has been arrested by the police after one of his dogs allegedly mauled a 5-year-old to death.

According to Punch, the man, Lola Jonathan, who was arrested by officers at the Owode Onirin Police Division has been handed over to officers of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department in Panti, Yaba.

According to the report, the 5-year-old, Jomiloju Odukomaya was returning from a shop where he had gone to buy biscuit on August 8, when the dog attacked him on his left hand.

The boy died weeks later at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, from rabies contacted from the dog bite.

Patience Odukomaya, Jomiloju’s mother told the newspaper that neither the boy nor his father showed concern over the attack.

She said, “I took him to a clinic immediately the dog bit him and the wound was treated. About two weeks after, he started exhibiting some strange signs. He screamed, barked and was drooling at the mouth.

“I took him to Randle Hospital on September 13 and a test conducted on him showed that he had contracted rabies. The hospital referred us to the LUTH. He died five days after.

“While he was receiving treatment, Jonathan came to check on him at my shop. But when he learnt that he was dead, he stopped coming and pretended as if the dog wasn’t his. I have lost my home; I don’t want to lose justice. My husband blamed me for the incident; whereas that was not the first time Jomiloju would go to buy things himself,” she added.

Patience said her husband had sent her out of the house due to the matter but Jonathan showed no remorse for what had happened.

“Three weeks ago, I went to the house. The moment he (Jonathan) sighted me, he ran inside. I went to the Owode Onirin Police Station and a policeman followed me there. He didn’t come out. The policeman couldn’t enter because his dogs had been unleashed on the premises. They are about 19. He was eventually arrested on Tuesday.”

The Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, Dr Alao Mobolaji, who confirmed that Jomiloju died of rabies, called for stronger legislation on dog rearing.

He said, “The mother has received post-exposure immunisation against rabies because the boy bit her before he died. Dog owners should always ensure their dogs are vaccinated against rabies. They should patronise veterinary doctors. They should not allow their dogs to stray around the neighbourhood. Jomiloju’s case is just one among many.”

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