A 45-year-old father, Identified as Surakat Idowu, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly brutalising his five-year-old daughter with a hot iron on the face and in her private parts.
A popular daily report that a neighbour who witnessed the incident in the Ikotun area of the state immediately alerted the police at the Ikotun Division.
The nursery school girl was reportedly blinded by the burns she suffered on the face, while her private parts were swollen.
A neighbour who narrated what happened to the daily said it all started when the girl slipped while going to pour the faeces into the latrine. “The mechanic had a quarrel with his wife and divorced her in 2013 when the girl was just two years old.
”On that Monday, he asked her to go and dispose of her faeces in a potty in a latrine at the backyard of the house. But the area was slippery and the girl fell, splashing the faeces on the floor.
“The father became angry and got a hot iron. He began to beat her with the hot surface of the iron until the girl’s face became swollen.
We tried to caution him, but he would not listen. That was how the matter got to the police, the neighbour added.
It was further gathered that the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who confirmed the arrest had directed that the case be transferred from the Ikotun Police Division to the Gender Unit at the command headquarters, Ikeja.
While confirming the case, the Lagos State Domestic and S3xual Violence Response Team, DSVRT, Coordinator, Lola Vivour-Adeniyi, said, “The victim is presently receiving treatment in a hospital due to the severe burns. The police have assured that the suspect will be prosecuted.
”When the victim completes medical treatment, she will be taken into protective custody,” she added