An Abuja-based couple, Ayo and Khadijat Yahaya, have been arrested by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, after their two-year-old son’s genitals was burnt.
Khadijat, who allegedly connived with Ayo, was said to have burnt the genitals of her two-year-old step son in the Kuje area of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
The little boy was said to have sneaked into Khadijat’s kitchen last week and ate one wrap of moin-moin, bean pudding, left in a pot.
Josiah Emerole, the NAPTIP Head, Press and Public Relations, who confirmed the arrest, said the agency would charge the couple to court after the holidays.
“The boy had faced maltreatment, including starvation, since the father forcefully took him away from his biological mother. The little boy was starved from morning till 2pm on that day and he crawled to the kitchen where he saw some wraps of moin-moin and decided to help himself to one of them,” he said.
“For that offence, the woman grabbed the little boy, held his hands and dipped them in boiling water. She also burnt his genitals. The boy’s screams attracted neighbours who came to his rescue, while one of them reported the matter to us.”
Emerole added that the boy had gone through a successful surgery at a specialist hospital in Abuja through the support of some Good Samaritans.