“When I 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, 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,” she said.
When the brutal beating of the daughter became unbearable 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.
OPD officials who handled the case said Ibrahim locked up his daughter after the incident and warned her not to go out until the injuries healed so that no one would know what happened.
“But 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, her dad was arrested and OPD took over the case.According to reports, there were at least 15 visible bruises on Kafayat’s where she sustained severe injuries from her face down to her thighs.
Omotola said her office would continue to monitor the case to ensure that Ibrahim was diligently prosecuted.
Apart from the case of Kafayat, another case which OPD are working on is the that of five-year-old Olamilekan Mustapha, whose father, Adigun beat him till he lost consciousness.
His 28-year-old father reportedly resuscitated the boy thereafter.
The 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.
Like Kafayat, observant teachers in Olamilekan’s school 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 morning.
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.
It was gathered 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.
Rotimi 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.