After being flogged by her dad with barbed wire for trying to defend her mother, a 12-year-old is in critical condition.
Kafayat Kareem was said to be defending her mother against the father’s assault.
The Junior Secondary School student who collapsed from injuries sustained from the assault was taken to the hospital by vigilante members who found her during the night at Oyingbo market in Ebute-Metta.
She was rushed to Star Clinic, at Ebutte-Metta, where she is currently receiving treatment.
“I live with my parents at 4, Kuforiji Street. On July 7, I ran away from home after receiving severe beating from my father. My offence was that I tried to stop him from beating my mother.” Kafayat said while narrating her ordeal.
“My father accused my mother of using his hard earned money to play lotto game and he descended on her with anything he could lay his hands on. He said my mother loves patronizing lotto game officials, and he beat her up mercilessly.
“Despite my mother’s cry for help, none of our neighbours came to her rescue because they are afraid of my father. I could not bear the beating anymore and I begged my father to stop beating my mother. He became furious and pounced on me”.
She continued: “This is not the first time my father will beat my mother and I. I have lost count of his endless beating. One occasion, I begged my mother to relocate four of us her children to Ilorin, so we can stay away from our father due to his constant beating.
“I am the first child; although my mother said my father will change, he has gotten worse by the day. My mother is presently on admission at the Charity Hospital, Orile, following the beating my father gave her.
“I could not stand his beating anymore and I ran away from home to meet one of my mother’s friends at Oyingbo market, unfortunately, I did not meet her when I got to the market. I was in great pains and I decided to sleep in the market because I do not want to go back to my father’s house.
“It was while I was sleeping at the market, that some vigilante men came to my rescue. I told them my plight and they took me to the hospital where I am presently receiving treatment”.