A Nigerian woman identified as Iswat Taofeek has been arrested by the police for allegedly using a hot knife to burn a 12-year-old relative that was living with her.
Iswat Taofeek 40, who is a resident of Isoka Kugba, Abeokuta, Ogun State, was arrested after a neighbour took the injured boy to a police station to report the matter.
According to a statement released by the Ogun State Police command Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi to newsmen on Monday Nov 23, “The suspect was today arrested at about 8:30am, following a complaint by one of her neighbors who came to Adatan police station with the little boy whose body was full of injuries inflicted on him with a hot knife and cutlass.
“While the report was being lodged, the little boy fainted at the station and was quickly rushed to a hospital for medical attention”.
The DPO Adatan division, CSP Samuel Aladegoroye stated that: “On interrogation, the suspect explained that the little boy is a son to her brother-in-law and he has been living with her for some time.
“She stated further that she kept the sum of 5,000 Naira somewhere in the house but couldn’t find it and she believed that it was the boy who stole it and that was why she put a knife on fire until it was red hot before she used it to burn the little boy all over his body.”
The case has been transferred to the anti-human trafficking and child labour unit of the State Criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and prosecution.