The Lagos State Police Command has said only a court of law could decide whether the two dogs which ate the skull of a four-year-old boy in Igando area of Lagos State, Omonigho Abraham, be killed or not.
The command, which paraded the two dogs at its headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos State on Tuesday, added that the dogs had been examined and been found to be disease-free.
The Commissioner of Police, Cornelius Aderanti, said it was important to parade the dogs so that the public would rest assured that the dogs were still in police custody, and had not been released as being rumoured.
He said, “We have brought the dogs out so that the public would know that they are still in police custody. They have been examined and show no negative trait. It is only the court that will decide what happens to them. The police cannot decide to kill the dogs.”
It was reported on Tuesday, October 21, that the victim, Omonigho, had asked the police to kill the two dogs which bit his skull.
A veterinary officer of the police, Yahaya Usman, also told journalists that the medical record showed the dogs had neither rabies nor other dog-related diseases.
He said, “Initially, we quarantined the dogs, and wanted to find out whether the dogs had any disease or not. That was the first step taken by the police. The dogs were under our watch for a period of weeks.
“So far, they have not shown any negative trait. The medical history shows that they don’t have rabies or the Ebola Virus Disease. The dogs are with us, and only the court will determine what happens to the dogs.”
Meawhile, the victim’s father, Mr. Odiah Abraham, told our correspondent the dog had three days to the incident chased a neighbor and his wife had warned the dog owner, but he refused.
He said, “Three days to the incident, a woman who lives in the neighbourhood had gone downstairs to spread her clothes on the line.
“She had left and was approaching her room when the dogs ran out of their cage and pursued her. She was just lucky that she was close to her room, if not they would have bitten her.
“She ran in and shut the door against her. The dogs stood at the gate for some time and when they saw she did not open, they ran back to their cage.
“My wife met Stanley (Wesley) and told him to do something about the dogs, as there were little children within the neighbourhood, but he just ignored the warning.”
It was learnt that Wesley was the brother of the owner of the house and had been the one collecting the rent from the tenants.