A middle-aged man identified as Alhaji Kasali Mumuni is reported to have inflicted injuries on his two children with a hot knife for allegedly stealing fish.
Mumuni who has been married on three occasions, carried out the shocking act on 9-year-old Maryam and Ojonla, 6, in Owo, Ondo State, Daily Post reports.
According to the reports, Kasali returned home to find out that the only fish in the pot had been eaten and when his food was served without fish, all hell broke loose.
Maryam revealed that Ojonla ate half of the fish in the pot and her step-mother ate the other half of the fish.
She added that when Kasali asked what happened to the fish, their step-mother told him that herself and her brother ate the fish before she returned from her outing.
Maryam said that their father beat them mercilessly before going into the kitchen to light the stove and put a knife on it.
“When the knife was hot and turned red, he pressed it on our stomachs one after the other. We cried and begged but our father refused to remove the knife,” the girl said.
“Our neighbors, who heard our cries, rushed to the scene only to be told by our father that they should mind their businesses.
“He held us down for several minutes as the knife was pressed on our stomachs”, she added.
Maryam stated that the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) rushed to the scene after they were informed of the incident by neighbours.
“We were taken to the State Hospital, Akure by the officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps who later informed the Welfare Department of the state Ministry of Women Affairs”, she said.
Daily Post reports that the mother of the children who relocated to Ila Orangun, Osun State following her divorce from the suspect, has returned to Akure to take care of the kids.
An NSCDC official confirmed the incident, adding that the suspect has been arrested for allegedly inflicting injuries on his children.
According to him, the suspect will be tried for his actions upon the completion of the ongoing investigations.