A father has been arrested for severely torturing his 4-year-old son in Lagos.
A middle aged man, Sikiru Mustapha, has been arrested for severely torturing his four-year-old son and abandoning the toddler at a bus stop in the Iwaya area of Yaba, Lagos.
There were tears in the eyes of onlookers who saw the kid, identified as Lekan, with bruises all over his body when he was picked up by a neighbour and handed him over to a non-governmental agency who then took him to the police at the Sabo Police Division.
The police acted fast on this and subsequently arrested the recalcitrant father.
According to another neighbour of the man, Mustapha had sent the boy's mother away and married a new wife who has been maltreating the kid with the ultimate being the recent incident.
“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, (June 9), 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."
The boy has been taken to a children's hospital in Surulere and is said to be recuperating while the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Kenneth Nwosu says his father has been charged to court.
"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."