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Man Brutalises Daughter with Hot Iron in Lagos

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A 45-year-old man, Surakat Idowu, has been arrested for allegedly using a hot iron to cause severe injuries on his 5-year-old daughter’s eye and private part, PUNCH reports.

The incident occurred at Idowu’s residence on Kayode Toyeso Street, Liasu Road, in the Ikotun area of Lagos state.

A neighbour, seeing the brutality, reported the case at the Ikotun Police Division, and the suspect was arrested.

Idowu, an auto mechanic, who separated from his wife in 2013, tortured the victim with the iron after she slipped and fell while trying to empty her excreta in a potty into the latrine. The content of the potty spilled on the floor, and her father brutalised her for that.

A neighbour, identified only as Basirat, narrating the incident, 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.

PUNCH reports that the victim was blinded by the burns she suffered on the face, while her private part was swollen.

According to the Coordinator of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), Lola Vivour-Adeniyi, “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 said that DSVRT is working with the Child Protection Unit of the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation to get a shelter for the victim.

It was learnt that the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, also confirmed the arrest, adding that investigations were ongoing into the matter. He also directed that the case be transferred from the Ikotun Police Division to the Gender Unit at the command headquarters, Ikeja.

A police source told PUNCH that efforts were on to locate the mother of the victim after two years of separation from Idowu.

Photo Credit: PUNCH

11 Comments

  1. praizeblog.com

    August 26, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    hmmmm nawa oo

  2. Amaka

    August 26, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    When God gave a child to both husband and wife, He knew what He was doing but human beings are allowing separation and deviation from that original plan. We all know that it is tougher for single mums and dads. I feel so sorry for this little girl.

    • Abi

      August 27, 2016 at 1:28 am

      But I can almost bet that this beast brutalized his wife too. When is it enough? Do you stay for the children, or leave for the children? What do you do when you can barely keep a roof over your own head but need to leave an abusive relationship? Don’t judge till you stand there. God hates divorce but He loves people.

  3. Bodunade

    August 26, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    “Many are mad, but a few are roaming”

  4. Darius

    August 26, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    This country is full of mad people. Sometimes one cannot help but absolve our leaders of misrule. How is it possible to govern a country when one half of the population is sane and the other half is insane?

  5. pinkdavis

    August 26, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    OH my goodness! This is heartbreaking! Who does that to a five year old?!?

    I have a question
    I know in Nigeria there has been a lot of domestic assault on children when it comes to correcting them. How do you effectively correct a child? I am asking because growing up I constantly heard the phrase ” Spare the rod and spoil the child”. I am sure many people have experienced been slapped by their parents or teachers. How do you teach/correct a child without using force ( hitting, slapping, spanking) and if you use force, how much force?

    • Tobi

      August 26, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      You have to watch out for anger and frustration when imbibing discipline. My parents did not spare the rod at all but parents must be mentally balanced and this is why the father and mother should raise children. One is usually strong in the area the other is weak. A man once said his wife does not leave the children with him. On the other hand, my cousins prefer hanging out with their dad because they think their mum is too strict and lacks understanding in some areas. Raisong children alone is very tough. Balance love and discipline because if you hurt or kill your child, you have done a terrible thing.

    • Nahum

      August 26, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      When it comes to disciplining a young child, never discipline out of anger. If you are so angry, send the child out of the room until you cool down. You must never hit or slap a child, but I believe spanking once or twice on the bum is more than sufficient for any misdeed.

      This is why I always shout that young children should be left with their mother in cases of divorce. little children need the patience of their mothers, especially during potty training.

    • Nahum

      August 26, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Wetin happen to my avatar?

  6. Hmmm

    August 26, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    The heart of man is desperately wickedness, the extent is unimaginable.

  7. Naijatalk

    August 26, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Frustration in the nation making animals out of people.

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