A 45-year-old mechanic,
The incident which happened in the Ikotun area of the state, saw the little girl with a badly disfigured face and could damage her eyes if immediate medical attention is not provided for her.
It was gathered that Idowu who separated from the girl's mother in 2013, had been in the habit of brutalising the girl at his Kayode Toyeso Street, Liasu Road, Ikotun residence, and on the day of the incident, he had instructed her to empty faeces from a potty into the public latrine in the compound but in the process, the girl slipped and mistakenly poured the content of the potty on the floor.
This was said to have infuriated the mechanic who pounced on the nursery two pupil, beating her and not done with that, he removed the hot iron from where it was plugged and used it on the toddler's face and private parts.
A fellow tenant who witnessed the scene rushed down to the Ikotun Police Division and reported the case, leading to the arrest of the suspect.
The heartless father from hell, Surakat Idowu and the brutalized daughter
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Another neighbour who identified herself as Basirat, narrated how the incident happened:
“The mechanic had a quarrel with his wife and divorced her in 2013 when the girl was just two years old. On that day, 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.”
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Fatai Owoseni, has, however, directed that the case be transferred from the Ikotun Police Division to the Gender Unit at the Command Headquarters in Ikeja, just as the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), led by Lola Vivour-Adeniyi, is working with the Child Protection Unit of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, to get a shelter for the victim.
Reacting to the incident, Vivour-Adeniyi said:
“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.”