By Mojola Aturamu
An Ibadan cobbler and father of six, Yaya Babarinde, allegedly set his 10-year old son, Lukman, on fire after breaking his arm following accusation of theft. It was a viral video footage on Youtube that exposed the brutal treatment the 10-year-old boy received at the hands of his father for stealing money.
The father,Yaya narrated the incident, he said;
”I had gone out and when I returned, I was told that he stole somebody’s money. I was surprised because I had given money to him and his siblings to eat. I beat him and asked him not to do that again.
I then tied his hands and put him on a local stove with ashes underneath. I didn’t know the ashes still had fire. When his clothes caught fire, I saved him. I don’t have the money to take him to a hospital. Please pardon me. It was a mistake and I won’t do such again.”
The sister of the boy with the name,Bidemi cut off the ropes and rushed him to hospital in the Pagun area of Ibadan, Oyo State. Lukman was brought back home due to the family’s inability to pay for his medical bills.
Bidemi said: “I had gone to charge my phone when the incident happened. When I returned, I saw the boy kneeling with his two hands tied. That was after his clothes had been burnt in the fire. I enquired what he did wrong and I was told he stole money. I used a pair of scissors to cut off the ropes and set him free. I also gave him food to eat.”
Bidemi said that their father gives them N300 daily for breakfast and lunch.
However,the mother of the victim who had long separated from her husband also had something to say,
“I went with the five children that I had for him, but he said he must take custody of them. He placed a curse on whoever tried to keep the children away from him and because of that, my family said we should release the children to him.”
Yaya has been taken into police custody to face punishment for child abuse.