Officers of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a heartless father accused of using a hot iron to brutalise the face and private parts of his five-year-old daughter for pouring faeces on the floor.
The culprit, a 45-year-old mechanic identified as Sukarat Idowu, was said to have carried out the heinous act in the Ikotun area of Lagos State on Monday, after he asked the victim to empty faeces into the toilet but she accidentally poured it on the ground.
As a result of the brutality inflicted on her, she has lost an eye while her private part is now swollen.
Those who witnessed the incident drew the attention of the officers at the Ikotun Police Station and the suspect, who separated from his wife in 2013, was arrested.
Speaking on the incident, a neighbour, identified simply as Basirat, said the girl slipped while going to dispose the faeces.
She 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.”
The incident was confirmed by the state Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni.
This is even as he directed that the case be transferred from the Ikotun Police Division to the Gender Unit at the Command Headquarters in Ikeja.