Bus driver, mechanic in police custody for brutalising kids with hot iron, plank
16-year-old Kafayat Bello, a year two senior student of a school in
Bariga in Lagos, wanted was to be a normal girl who could sneak out to
play with friends once in a while. But what she did not expect was the
kind of brutal punishment she would later get from her father, a
commercial bus driver.
On Tuesday, May 2, 2015, Kafayat’s father,
Ibrahim, pounced on her and whipped her till she could not walk. Not
done, he plugged their pressing iron and burnt her multiple times,
inflicting severe injuries all over her body.
Kafayat, whose case
has been taken over by the Office of the Public Defender under the
Lagos State Ministry of Justice, explained that on the day of the
incident, she was given the duty of attending to a client who needed
manicure and pedicure in her mother’s beauty parlour.
finished attending to the customer, I left the shop to play with some of
my friends. When I got back, my mother asked where I was and told me
she would report me to my father. When I got home and my mother told my
father what I did, he started to beat me very hard and he then went off
to plug a pressing iron, which he used to burn me all over my body,” the
Saturday PUNCH learnt that when the brutal action
of the father became too scary for Kafayat’s mother who stood by as her
husband punished their daughter, she rushed out to call neighbours for
help, who later came in to restrain him against further damage to the
OPD officials who handled the case said Ibrahim
locked up her daughter after the incident and warned her not to go out
until the injuries healed so that no one would know what happened.
when her classmates came looking for her from school they told her she
had missed some tests. In order not to miss more tests, she rushed to
school on Thursday, two days after she sustained the injuries. When she
got to school, that was when we discovered the extensive injuries,” a
school official who reported the case said.
As soon as the case was reported, Ibrahim was arrested and OPD took over the case.
correspondent counted at least 15 visible spots on the body of the girl
where she sustained severe injuries from her face down to her thighs.
My father beats me all the time – 5-year-old boy beaten to coma with plank
of brutality by parents against their children may not be a new issue
but the rising incidents of such crimes have become a source of concern
Apart from the case of Kafayat, more cases which
have drawn the ire of authorities include that of five-year-old
Olamilekan Mustapha, whose father, Adigun him till he lost
His 28-year-old father reportedly resuscitated the boy but damage had been done to his body.
series of brutal beating Olamilekan’s father has meted out to him seems
to have turned his young body to a map of some sort as healed and fresh
marks of whiplashes crisscross all over his body and face.
All the boy could say was “my father beat me all the time” when asked about the marks all over his body.
Kafayat, observant teachers in Olamilekan’s school promptly reported
his case to the authorities when they noticed the extensive marks all
over the boy’s face and body when he went to school the following
Adigun, who is an auto mechanic, was later invited by
the Office of Public Defender, where he was later handed over to the
police for prosecution.
OPD said a protection order was
being processed for the custody of Olamilekan in a government children’s
home, where the boy would be kept pending the determination of his
father’s case in the court.
Saturday PUNCH learnt that
Olamilekan’s mother and Adigun had separated some years ago. But that
his step-mother, who is nursing a two-month-old baby also beat the boy
ruthlessly regularly as well.
Director of the OPD, Mrs. Omotola
Rotimi, told our correspondent that the children were victims of
transferred aggression but that the severity of the cases has warranted
that the fathers be charged to court.
She said, “When we were
notified about the case of the young boy, it was so severe and fresh
that we had to call the police. He is receiving treatment at a hospital
at the moment and he would be handed over to government care for
rehabilitation after that.
“In the case of the boy’s father we
did not want the police to waste time on it. That was why we insisted he
be charged to court immediately.”
It was learnt that Adigun has been arraigned and his case has been adjourned till July 20 for mention.
the hot iron assault case, Omotola said her office would continue to
monitor the case to ensure that Ibrahim was diligently prosecuted.
said, “The case of the girl that was burnt with iron was so severe that
she could have lost her life in the process. We also have the father in
custody and would ensure that he is prosecuted diligently for the
severe assault on the girl.
“While he kept the girl at home, he
invited an auxiliary nurse to treat her injuries but the nurse did a
very shoddy job. The injuries could have deteriorated and caused further
damage to the girl’s body if not because we were notified on time. We
had to ensure the girl receive adequate treatment first.”