Officers of the Ogun State Police Command have confirmed the arrest of one Idowu Sikiru for allegedly inflicting severe injuries on his five-year-old son, Segun Sikiru.
The suspect was apprehended at his residence in Itowo, Oke Sopen area, Ijebu Igbo, as neighbours tipped the police off on this incident. The father claimed to have inflicted the injuries on his son’s buttocks for allegedly stealing fish.
Upon his arrest, officers of the Ijebu Igbo police division claimed that they received complaints from members of the public that the suspect was on the verge of killing the young boy.
In a statement issued by the spokesperson of the police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, on Sunday, it was revealed that based on the information received by the divisional headquarters, operatives, they stormed the crime scene and arrested the suspect.
He narrated how the father of the victim forcefully sat the boy on a hot aluminium plate as punishment, thereby injuring the boy severely on his buttocks.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect accused the boy of stealing a cooked fish and he put an aluminum plate on fire and when the plate was red hot, he forcefully sat the boy on it, thereby giving the victim a serious burn on his buttocks.
“He equally used the plate to burn the victim’s fingers and part of his mouth. The victim has been rushed to the hospital for medical attention,” he said.
Lastly, the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, ordered the transfer of the suspect from the police department to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and apparent prosecution.