An apprentice carpenter identified as Onome, has reportedly been beaten to death by his master in Sapele, Delta State.
According to witnesses, the event happened a few days ago at the master’s workshop on Sapele’s New Ogorode Road.
It was learned that the apprentice’s supervisor, Orunor, had reprimanded him for allegedly arriving late to work.
Orunor also purportedly accused the trainee of taking his ATM card.
As a result, it was apparently decided that the boy needed to receive firm discipline, which included beatings.
But the apprentice reportedly had a new turn to the alleged beating when he got home and complained to his parents about pains throughout his body.
According to reports, the apprentice also told his parents everything that happened between him and his master at work.
The apprentice’s parents allegedly made the decision to send him to the hospital for care but he passed away before medical attention could be given.
It was gathered that Orunor, the apprentice’s master, fled into hiding after learning of the boy’s passing.
Operatives from Sapele Area Command, Nigeria Police, are reportedly pursuing the evading master in an attempt to apprehend him.
As of the time this story was filed, DSP Bright Edafe, the state police public relations officer, could not be reached for comment on the incident.