Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) have arrested a 35 year old man, Rasak Isa for allegedly maltreating his 2 year- old son.
The arrest of the suspect who is a panel beater by profession and from Kwara State followed a tip off from concerned Nigerians who were worried by the plight of the victim.
Report indicated that the suspect who lives alone in Katampe II village, Abuja Municipal Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory constantly locked up the son inside a dark one -room apartment thereby subjecting him to untold trauma on daily basis. He was not also allowed to go to school.
The climax of the maltreatment was few days ago when the suspect was said to have pounced on the boy and beat him to a state of unconsciousness for an undisclosed offence.
The child who has been rescued looked malnourished and is at present at NAPTIP receiving medical attention and other assistance at the shelter.
Speaking on the incident, Director – General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah – Donli, decried the development saying it was the highest wickedness against any child.
“It is sad that a father can just lock up his own 2 year-old son in a room for a whole day while he goes to work in addition to denying him the right to go to school and food. One can imagine the trauma the boy has passed through sitting alone inside a house with both doors and windows locked. It was a detention in a real sense” the DG said.