Photo: Father Brutalises 4-Year Old Son, Abandons Him At Yaba Bus Station

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This story might initially make you sad, but after reading
it, it won’t really make you sad anymore because the boy has gotten justice to
an extent and will even get more. If every wicked parent/adults are dealt with
like this, our society will be better. God bless NGO’s and only yes the Police
too, but only the good ones among them.

The police in Lagos have arrested a man, Sikiru Mustapha,
who allegedly brutalised his four-year-old son, and abandoned him at a bus
station in the Iwaya area of Yaba.
Punch Metro learnt that the boy, identified only as Lekan,
reportedly had scars of the torture on his body. He was, however, picked up by
a neighbour.
Our correspondent gathered that Lekan was reportedly handed
over to a non-governmental organisation in the area, which took him to the Sabo
Police Division.
It was gathered that the police subsequently arrested the
father.
A resident of the area, who spoke on condition of anonymity,
told PUNCH Metro that Lekan’s mother had been sent away by Sikiru, and he had
married a new wife.
She said, “Lekan has a long history of torture from his
father. He is poorly taken care of, beaten and left to wander in the area. As
young as he is, the father beats him without mercy. On Tuesday, he was beaten
up as usual. But this time, he was abandoned at a bus station.
“One of the residents of this area found him and took him to
an NGO. He was then taken to the Sabo Police Division, and the police arrested
the father.
“Sikiru has a new wife who is a nursing mother. She should
have cautioned her husband against maltreating the boy, but she did not.”
Our correspondent learnt that Lekan was now recuperating in
a hospital in the Surulere area.
When Punch Metro visited the hospital on Wednesday, it was
gathered that some officials from the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender
and the Domestic Sexual Violence Response Team, to whom Lekan’s torture was
also reported, had visited and taken up the case of the boy.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth
Nwosu, confirmed the incident. He added that the suspect had been taken to
court.
He said, “We arrested the suspect for maltreating his son.
“He has been taken to court in company with some personnel
from the Lagos State Ministry of Justice.”

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