The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a man, Surakat Idowu for allegedly brutalising his five-year-old daughter with a hot iron in the Ikotun area of the state.
45-year-old Lagos auto mechanic identified as Surakat Idowu, who allegedly brutalized his 5-year-old daughter with a hot iron in the Ikotun area of the state has been arrested a man, by the Lagos State Police Command.
According to a shocking report by Punch Metro, the suspect who separated from his wife in 2013, allegedly tortured the girl with an iron in the face and in the private parts on Monday on Kayode Toyeso Street, Liasu Road, in the Ikotun area.
It was learnt that the girl who stayed with her father was asked by her father to dispose faeces in a potty into the latrine, but she poured it on the floor, this enraged Idowu who got a hot iron and allegedly battered the girl’s body.
A neighbour, who is an eyewitness to the incident, and reported at the Ikotun Police Division, revealed that the victim, who is said to be in a nursery school, was reportedly blinded by the burns she suffered on the face, while her private parts were swollen.
The witness identified only as Basirat, who disclosed that the girl slipped while going to pour the faeces into the latrine, said;
“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,” she said.
Speaking to a correspondent the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual 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.”
The Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who confirmed the arrest, directed that the case be transferred from the Ikotun Police Division to the Gender Unit at the command headquarters, Ikeja, adding that investigations were ongoing into the matter.