Man ‘Fractures’ 13-year-old head with padlock

A 35-year-old welder, Mr. Oluwafemi Abiodun is cooling off in the police cell after he broke the head of his 13-year-old apprentice with padlock for mistakenly tipping over a bottle of honey with content worth N200.
According to a representative of the Airport Police Station, Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, where Abiodun is held, after fracturing Rasaq Alimi’s head, he allegedly ordered him to continue with his welding work, while blood gushed out of the sore.
A passer-by, Mr Sunday Oyeniyi, alarmed when he saw the boy work while he cried and bled ensured that Abiodun was taken in by the police.
Oyeniyi said:
“A friend and I were coming from Ajayi Farm, at Ikeja along, when we saw the little boy soaked in blood. We quickly rushed to assist him; we noticed that his boss, who was with him, didn’t show a tinge of concern. We approached the boy and questioned him on what happened to him. He pointed to his master, who was busy working. He said that his master used an object to hit him.
“We approached his master and to our surprise, he told us that he didn’t notice the blood. We reported the matter to Rapid Response Squad Police (RRS) station at the area, to intervene. Abiodun was ordered by the policemen to take the boy to the hospital for treatment.
“The following day, we went back to the workshop, to check on the boy. We were shocked to discover that he had not been treated. The master claimed that in their family, they were not allowed to take injections. He said that was the reason he didn’t take the boy to hospital after the RRS men left. In order to get justice for the boy, we took him to the hospital. We then reported the matter at Airport Police Station. The master was thereafter arrested and detained for further questioning about the whereabouts of the boy’s parents.”
Rasaq’s father, Mr. Adebayo Alimi, who said that he was separated from the boy’s mother, explained that he took Rasaq to the workshop to learn welding work and was not pleased to discover that Abiodun had been abusing his son.
“I’m not a wicked father. I brought him to the workshop to prepare him ahead of life challenges. I knew he is still a young boy. I always send his feeding allowances to his master monthly. I stopped the monthly allowance after I had an accident. I couldn’t work anymore. My elder and younger sisters used to go to the workshop to check on him. I thank everyone who assisted him; God will protect their own children.”