The police in Lagos State have arrested a man, Adeyemi Adekunle, for
allegedly brutalising his eight-year-old son in the Dopemu area of the
It was learnt that Adekunle, who was arrested by the Dopemu Police
Division 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
Punch Metro was told that the victim was, however, seen on Monday wandering in the area, after which the father was informed.
A Punch correspondent gathered that 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.
He said, “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
A Punch correspondent learnt that 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.
She said, “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.”