A father, whose name has yet to be ascertained, was said to have butchered his son, Favour Oyediran on Sunday, after he lured him into the bush near the President Muhammadu Buhari Estate along Siun-Sagamu-Abeokuta Expressway.
The victim was said to be living at Abule Agbon, located between Kobape and Abeokuta, with his father, stepmother and her two children.
His own mother was said to have separated from the father. Favour, who is said to be 11 years old, was reported to have been stabbed by the father in the neck, pretended to be dead before his father abandoned him in the bush.
Favour, who later crawled out of the bush, was said to have been rescued by a good Samaritan, who took him to the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta.
A source, who pleaded anonymity, said Favour’s father always maltreated him. The father, the source said, had allegedly claimed that the son embarrassed him “too often by reporting him to the Baale each time he is assaulted by father.”
Punch correspondent, however, paid a visit to the Children’s Ward at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba, Abeokuta on Monday, and it was confirmed that Favour was on admission in the hospital.
The Public Relations Officer of the hospital, Mr. Olusegun Orisajo, who led oPunch correspondent to the Ward, prevented our correspondent from seeing the boy.
He entered the ward and conferred with the nurses in charge of his case, and came back and told our correspondent that the victim was in stable condition.
Orisajo said, “The boy is here, his name is Favour. He had undergone surgery and it was successful. He is in stable condition.”
Orisajo, who insisted that the minor’s privacy must be respected, prevented Punch correspondent from interviewing Favour.
When contacted on the case, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said he had yet to be briefed about the incident by the Divisional Police Officer in whose jurisdiction the incident happened.
He promised to get back to Punch correspondent as soon as he was briefed about the incident.