Ogun State Police Command has arrested a 24-year-old man, Badmus Folarin, for maltreating a 10-year-old boy, Sunday David, living with his family at 12, Elegushi Street, Owode Yewa area of the state.
The spokesman of the Command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed this on Sunday, said Folarin admitted using a hot knife to burn the boy’s buttock because he opened a tin of Milo tea belonging to his mother and licked out of it.
Oyeyemi said the suspect was arrested following a distress call received by the DPO of Owode Egbado Division, SP Olabisi Elebutte, from a concerned neighbour to the family.
He said the neighbour reported through a telephone call that they were hearing the sorrowful cry of a young boy at 12, Elegushi Street, Owode Yewa.
Consequent upon this, the DPO detailed the patrol team to the scene, where the young boy was seen lying down helplessly with serious injury all over his body.
On enquiry, it was discovered that the suspect put a knife on fire and when the knife was red hot, he applied it to the buttock of the young boy, thereby inflicting second degree burn on the boy.
On interrogation, the suspect alleged that the victim, who is living with the family, opened a tin of tea belonging to the suspect’s mother and took from it.
The victim was quickly rushed to OreOfe Hospital by the police for medical attention, while the suspect was also arrested and detained.
The Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and possible prosecution.
KanyiDaily had also reported how a pastor and his wife were arrested for allegedly burning the skin of their 9-year-old househelp with a hot iron because she was bedwetting in Lagos.