Lagos arrests father for assaulting child over quran recital

Lagos arrests father for assaulting child over quran recital


By Wilson Adekumola

A man who physically assaulted his 11-year-old son for his inability to recite the Holy Quran has been arrested by the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency.

According to Vanguard, the spokesperson of the agency, Mrs Joke Ladenegan-Oginni made this known on Saturday in Lagos.

She said that the man had been detained at Meiran Division of the Nigeria Police Force.

It was gathered that the assault on the 11-year-old went viral on social media as his body showed welts received from belt whips leading to excessive bleeding.

Ladenegan-Oginni disclosed that DSVA received the report from journalist on repeated assaults on the child.

“The agency received a report from a journalist of an 11-year-old male who was physically assaulted by his father.

“The DSVA gathered that the father meted the assault because the boy had not been able to recite the Holy Quran.

“Following repeated assaults, the boy has haematuria (blood in urine), two episodes of loss of consciousness, bleeding from the ears and nostrils,’’ she stated.

Ladenegan-Oginni revealed that the child was receiving medical attention facilitated by the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the state’s Primary Health Care Board.

She then called on the members of the public to report all cases of abuse, assault and sexual violence against persons to the agency for justice to be served.