A 24-year-old man, Badmus Folarin, has been arrested by men of Ogun State police command for allegedly maltreating a 10 -year- old boy, Sunday David, living with his family.
According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspect put a knife on fire and when the knife was red hot, he applied it to the buttock of the young boy, thereby inflicting a second degree injury on him.
Oyeyemi said the suspect had alleged that Sunday opened a tin of Milo tea belonging to the suspect’s mother and licked from it.
The action was said to have infruriated the suspect which he claimed warranted his reaction.
Oyeyemi said the suspect was arrested following a distress call received by the Divisional Police Officer, Owode Egbado division, Olabisi Elebute, from a concerned neighbour who reported Folarin’s action.
He said, “The concerned neighbour reported through telephone call that they were hearing an agonising cry of a young boy at Number 12, Elegushi Street, Owode Yewa.”
He said the DPO immediately detailed a patrol team to the scene where the young boy was seen lying down helplessly with serious injury all over his body.
Oyeyemi added that on enquiry, “it was discovered that the suspect put a knife on fire and when the knife was red hot, he applied it to the buttock of the young boy, thereby inflicting a second degree injury on the innocent boy.
“The suspect alleged that the victim who is living with the family opened a tin of Milo tea belonging to his (Folarin’s) mother and licked from it.”
Oyeyemi said the police quickly rushed to the victim to the hospital for medical attention while the suspect was also arrested and detained.
Meanwhile the state Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and possible prosecution.