Police spokesperson says the accused has been arrested, further actions have also been taken
A 32-year-old man has been reportedly arrested by officers of the Oyo state police command for allegedly beating a boy for molesting his 6-year-old daughter.
The man identified as Saheed Oladimeji, was said to have beaten 14-year-old Matthew Ohiosumuan to death over the incident.
According to Daily Post, the incident occurred at Adagbada area of Arola community in Ido local government area of the state at about 5pm on May 5.
The man allegedly kicked and threw punches on the deceased until he became unconscious and finally died, but the man denied doing all of these, claiming that he only slapped the deceased’s buttocks and whipped him with rope.
“Matthew was the son of our next-door neighbour.
“On May 5, he called my daughter, Solia, to run an errand for him, but shortly after, I heard my daughter saying ‘Brother Matthew, leave me alone’.
“I called out to her to come back home and as she came, her looks were hard and she was holding her underpants.
“I asked her what went wrong and she said it was Matthew who removed her pants and slept on her.
“Immediately Matthew saw me questioning my daughter, he ran away.
“When Matthew’s brother, Seun, came from school, I reported the former to him. Later, I asked one Abdulahi to call Matthew for me.
“When he came, I asked him why he did what he did to my daughter, but he denied it in the presence of his brother, saying that he only asked her to buy rice for him. I called my daughter and she repeated what she told me.
“I took a rope and used it to whip Matthew and in the process he ran away. As he ran, he fell face down and fainted but I thought he was pretending.
“People poured water on him but he was just moving slightly. I took him to a nearby private hospital but as the doctor wanted to set drips for him, he discovered that he had stopped breathing.
“I never intended to injure the boy, as I always encouraged him to face his studies or learn a vocation, so that he would be a responsible boy. He was close to me and I used to advise him a lot. I also used to give him clothes that had become tight on me.
“I am so pained by his death because it was unexpected. I pray that God should save me from this problem. If God should get me out of this, I would never beat any child, even my own child,” the suspect explained.
Narrating how the incident occurred, the deceased’s brother, simply identified as Seun, said: “Oladimeji told me that my brother attempted to sleep with his daughter and showed me a rope that he intended to use to tie him down so that he could discipline him. When Matthew was called, he denied the allegation but the suspect did not believe him.
“He first whipped him with a rope and I told him that the reprimand was enough but he did not listen to me.
“He started raining blows on his head, and two sides. This made Matthew to fall down but this did not deter Oladimeji.
“He started kicking the deceased so hard that passers-by had to caution him not to kill him. But he replied that if Matthew died, he would go and bury at Powerline Cemetery at Apete.
“Unfortunately, Matthew could not get up.”
“But Oladimeji said he was pretending. When we noticed that he was gasping, we tried all we could to resuscitate him but all to no avail. That was when the suspect rushed him to a nearby hospital but my brother died before reaching the hospital.”
Femi Ohiomasuan, father of the late teenager, said that the suspect killed the only child he had from the mother.
Confirming the story, Adekunle Ajisebutu, the Oyo state police public relations officer, informed that the suspect had been charged to court and remanded in prison.