An eight-year-old boy (names withheld) has been rescued by the police after his father fractured his hands and locked him up in his room at 20 Kolawole Street, Dopemu Agege, Lagos State.
Three other siblings of the rescued boy were also freed from the room by the policemen who arrested their father, Adeyemi (other name withheld).
The suspect reportedly beat the young boy to the point of breaking his hands because he was missing for two days.
Preliminary investigations by the police revealed that the suspect had reportedly made attempts to do away with the children since he got separated from their mother.
The image maker in charge of the state police command, Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the arrest of the father to Metro.
Metro also gathered that the landlord of the building where the children were locked up reported the incident to the police at Dopemu Police Station.
A neighbour of the arrested man, who spoke with Metro under condition of anonymity, disclosed that the injured boy had been missing.
“The boy had been missing since Saturday and the father had looked everywhere for him until they found him on Monday.
“In annoyance, the father beat him and he was injured seriously, but he later took him to where he was treated.
“The man has been finding it difficult to take care of the children since he got separated from their mother,” he disclosed.
Badmos said “the police, while investigating the incident, rescued all four children who were all locked up in the room.
“This suspect, Adeyemi, of 20 Kolawole St, Dopemu, physically abused his eight-year-old son, causing serious fracture to both hands for getting missing.”
The Lagos State police image maker added that “ the victim was reported missing on Saturday and found on Monday, only for the father to brutally assault him, also leaving all four children were found locked up at home alone before the landlord came to report the assault and abuse of the children by their father and step mother.”
Badmos also stated that “the case has been transferred to gender office at the state headquarters.
“Worthy of note is the fact that the father had consistently tried to do away with the children since he divorced their mother,” she pointed out.