PUNCH reports that after beating her, the suspect locked her up in a room in their apartment on Canaan Land Estate in the Matogun area of Ogun State.
A community leader, Adewunmi Oyebode said that an herbalist in the area heard the groaning of the toddler and raised alarm.
“The girl is not staying with her parents. Her mother abandoned her with the father when she was barely one year old. Since the girl’s father did not have a stable job, he in turn took her to the grandfather.
The young man’s mother is dead and his father has a second wife, who we all call Iya Adijat (Ayinke). Iya Adijat is her step grandmother. The woman had been maltreating her.
Whenever she went for Arabic class and they close at 6pm, she would not want to return home. If you tell her to go home, she would start crying.
I learnt that the step grandmother had instructed that whenever they were observing the Islamic prayers, nobody should leave the prayer mat.
So, the girl became pressed and since she could not leave the mat, she urinated on the mat. After the prayer, she descended on her,” Oyebode said.
Residents tried to gain access into the room but their efforts failed as the doors and windows were locked. Police officers from Ajuwon Division later broke down the door to rescue the victim.
“We called the police and they broke down the door and rescued the child. We discovered that her hands and a leg had been fractured. There were stripe marks on her body. When we were taking her to the hospital on a motorcycle, she was groaning with pain,” Oyebode added.
She was taken to a private hospital in the area, Tamara Medical Centre, where she received treatment.
According to a medical officer at the facility:
She was brought here by the police and people of the community. Then, she was in serious pains and could not walk or talk. Her back, hands and legs were swollen.
We commenced treatment immediately and after an X-ray, we discovered that she had fractures. It took three days to get the pains to subside. Despite that, she still feels a lot of pain when you touch the arm and leg.
We have decided to transfer her to the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, in Lagos. Since she was brought here on March 3, we have been spending our money to treat her.
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