Woman Burns Her Son's Face Over Soup, Stabs Him With Broken Bottle
A woman, Sakirat Attah, 25, has been
arrested by the police at Elemoro Division,
Lekki, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, for
severely scalding her sonÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s face.
The petty trader who resides at Abijo
village in Ibeju Lekki, allegedly carried out
the dastardly act while punishing little
Daniel for licking their neighbourÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s soup.
It was gathered that Sakirat also used a
broken bottle to stab Daniel in the head
during her fit of anger and he sustained a
deep cut in the head.
A police source said that the victimÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s
neighbours rescued him from the mother
and quickly rushed him to a nearby
hospital due to excessive loss of blood.
The trouble started for the little boy when
their co-tenant allegedly caught him licking
their pot of soup and reported him to his
The mother of the child was said to have
dragged her son inside her room and
locked the door.
She allegedly lit her stove and put an iron
spoon on it to get hot and used it to burn
her sonÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s face and hands as punishment.
It was also gathered that when the little boy
was not cooperating with her, she allegedly
broke a bottle and stabbed him in the head
before neighbours who allegedly heard the
boy crying for help entered the womanÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s
room and rescued him.
During interrogation, the little boy allegedly
admitted licking the soup because he was
seriously hungry since his mother did not
provide food for him to eat on time. The
neighbours, it was learnt, reported the
matter to the police who arrested the
During interrogation, she allegedly admitted
scalding her son with hot spoon to teach
him a lesson not to steal again, adding that
she did not know that the torture would
cause the boy such injuries.
After investigation, she was charged before an
Igbosere MagistrateÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s Court, Lagos on a
one count charge of assaulting a minor
occasioning bodily harm. The offence, the
prosecutor, Supol E. C. Ekuma said,
contravened section 171 of the Criminal
Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the
charge and the presiding chief magistrate,
Mrs. Femi Segun admitted her on bail in the
sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like
sum with proof of two years tax payment
to the Lagos State Government.
She also directed that one of the sureties
must be a blood relation, while the other
must be a community leader.
The defendant was, however, moved to
Kirikiri Prison, Apapa, pending when she
would fulfill the bail conditions.
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