A man in Lagos, Adeyemi Adekunle, has been arrested for allegedly brutalizing his eight-year-old son after the young boy went missing from home for two days.
Punch reports that the boy, whose name was not disclosed by the police, had gone missing on Saturday from their apartment on Kolawole Street, Dopemu.
Adekunle his dad went to the police on Sunday to report a case of missing person.
The victim was, however, seen on Monday wandering in the area, after which the father was informed. On seeing the boy, Adekunle, who had reportedly divorced the victim’s mother and remarried, allegedly beat up his son, and broke his two arms.
A police source told PUNCH Metro that the police found 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.
A resident of Kolawole Street said the victim had been taken to a hospital, where he was recuperating.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the arrest.
She added that the suspect would be charged to court at the end of investigation.
“The father is alleged to have consistently assaulted his children after he divorced his first wife who is their mother. The gender unit is investigating the matter after which the suspect will be charged to court.
“The child with the fractured hands is in the hospital, while the command is liaising with the Lagos State Government to place the children in shelters until we see their mother. If the mother is able to take good care of them, the police will release the children to her.”