A woman simply identified as Saratu, has been arrested by the police in Lagos State for allegedly burning the private part of her seven-year-old nephew, Razak Qudus.
It was learnt that Saratu allegedly burnt the boy’s private part with a stove after he was accused of stealing N100.
The victim, who is a primary four pupil in a private school, lived with the suspect in the Afariogun, Oshodi area of the state.
It was gathered that Saratu’s neighbours reported the matter to a coordinator of the Child Protection Network, Ebenezer Omejalile, living in the area, who in turn reported to the police.
Punch correspondent learnt that the matter was reported at the Makinde Police Division, Oshodi, and Saratu was arrested.
Speaking with Punch Metro, Omejalile said the victim had been taken to a hospital for a checkup while the police had charged the suspect to court.
He said, “The victim is her nephew. The boy attends a private nursery and primary school around Afariogun Junction. He was accused of stealing the money in the school.
“The woman brutalised the boy’s genitals. While we were at the police station, I also informed the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, Alausa. I am sure justice will be done in this matter. The boy has been taken into government’s custody.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, also confirmed the arrest.
She said, “The suspect rubbed pepper on the boy’s genitals and started beating him.
“The boy in the process fell on a burning stove and incurred burns in his private parts. The suspect has been charged to court and remanded in prison.”