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Teenager raises alarm on Twitter over father’s attempt to kill him
“PLEASE save me…I am a victim of domestic violence, I don’t want to die”, this is the emergency call Philla Phong, a teenager resident in Ogun State, made Tuesday, on Twitter after being molested by his father.
Phong, identified as @PhongPhilla on Twitter, cried out on the social media over an attempt by his father to kill him.
He said he was abandoned with his grandmother at 18 months after his father sent his mother parking.
“Someone should please save me ……. I’m suffering from domestic violence….my biological dad hates me and is threatening to kill me…we have never had a good rapport.”
“He left me at 18 months and sent my mum away so my grandmother has been taking care of me,” Phong tweeted.
Phong tagged three social media influencers @thepamilerin, @Alex_Houseof308 and @officialpillze, two of those who have over 171, 000 and 127, 000 followers, respectively in order to widely disseminate his predicament.
Someone should pls save me….😭😭I’m suffering from domestic violence…my biological dad hates me and is threatening to kill me….we have never had good rapour.He left me at 18mths nd sent my mum away so my grandma has been taking care of me pic.twitter.com/xoHvXBTLbV
— philla phong (@PhongPhilla) July 30, 2019
Within 24 hours, his tweet has generated over 15,000 likes and more than 19,000 retweets.
Narrating his ordeal, he shared how he was molested by his father whom he claimed to be a cultist.
“We just used to talk on phone since …..then, he came home around January ….since then, he do beat me and molest me. He says he is a cultist and would kill me even though my grandma still begs him to calm….yesterday night was when he broke the Camel’s back…”
He went further: “I was watching television and he came in and saw me watching it, and he got vexed and asked why I was watching that particular channel (Disney) and I was surprised at that query, then, out of annoyance, he went to the kitchen and broke a ceramic plate and jumped on me and started stabbing me.”
Phong had to scream for help because his grandmother was not nearby. Hearing the noise, the grandmother rushed out, pleaded with Phong’s father to forgive the boy and let him be, but Phong noted his father insisted he would ‘kill’ him and that he was bewitched, “…I was sent to him…”
“….but due to my grandma’s begging, he left me alone and my grandmother helped me treat the bruises.”
Phong said he could not attend school the next day due to the pains and abuse meted out at him the previous day. His father had expected he attends school irrespective of his condition but the grandma said he should remain at home, possibly to seek medical attention. However, “he got annoyed and started beating me again till I shouted and he wanted to break my phone but my grandma saved me.”
The teenager said he was thereafter taken to the hospital where he was treated for a deep cut, with 18 stitches around his body.
“Please someone should save my life. My dad hates me. I don’t want to die please,” he cried.
“…..I don’t want your money, all I want is your help. Please help me. He has promised to make me sad.”
According to the abused, “he even went ahead to tell my friends that I stole money and I do beg for food which I don’t. Please save me….I am a victim of domestic violence …”
“He said that he will not let me have rest. I should have taken pictures yesterday but I was so weak so I just took two.”
@simplysnipes advocated urgent assistance for the teenager stressing that it could lead to suicide if care is not taken. “Here is a cry for help, before suicide or murder of an innocent life becomes the case.”
Twitter handler, identified as Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Tunji Disu @Tunji Disu1 advised Phong to visit the nearest police station to report the case.
“Let him go and report at the Police station”, he tweeted.
Interestingly, another twitter handler from Ghana @peezarian advised the abused victim to take the next bus to Ghana with a contact number he could use upon arrival.
“Bro take the first bus to Accra Ghana if you can call this line sharp 0264352369. Get as far away as you can from that psycho bro look sharp.”
Abimbola Oyeyemi, Ogun State Command Police Spokesperson told The ICIR he had no knowledge of the incident but promised to contact the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the area as soon as the location is established.