Officers of Lagos State Police Command have arrested a man, Adeyemi Adekunle, for allegedly brutalising his eight-year-old son in the Dopemu area of the state. Adekunle, who was taken into custody on Monday, allegedly fractured the boy’s two arms for missing from home for two days.
It was gathered that the boy, whose name was not disclosed by the police, had gone missing on Saturday from their apartment on Kolawole Street, Dopemu.
Adekunle was said to have gone to the police on Sunday to report a case of missing person. However, the boy was seen on Monday wandering around the area, and the father was informed about it. He reportedly divorced the victim’s mother and remarried, allegedly beat up his son, and broke his two arms.
According to the police, four other siblings locked up in a room in Adekunle’s apartment after his arrest.
"The man had confessed in his statement that he was guilty of beating his son, and the four other children, whom his first wife has for him. The boy was reported to us by the dad as missing on Saturday.
"However, when the boy was found on Monday, the father got angry, thinking that the victim played a prank on him and descended heavily on him. The dad caused serious fracture to the boy’s arms in the process. We also found four other children locked up in the man’s house when we got there. It was the suspect’s landlord that came to report the beating."
The case had been transferred to the gender unit of the state command in Ikeja for further investigation, while the victim was taken to a hospital, where he was recuperating.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the arrest.