The father of a 17-year-old girl, identified simply as Senami, is on the run after allegedly cutting his daughter’s leg with a hot knife.
It was learnt that the father, who was identified only as Azama, tortured the girl, who hawks Dokunu (local dish), for returning home late on Sunday, May 4.
She was said to have returned home earlier on the fateful day, but went back to collect payment from some customers who bought Dokunu on credit.
Senami had helped her stepmother, Rukayat, to hawk the goods, which she usually did in the evening every day.
Senami lives with the couple in the Badagry area of Lagos.
A seven-year-old girl, Aliat Musa, also lives with the couple.
She was said to have been tortured by Rukayat. Musa, who is Rukayat’s cousin, sustained injury in the head during one of the tortures.
It was said that the injuries drew attention of the teachers in the school which Senami attended.
One of her teachers, it was learnt, took her to a social welfare office in Badagry.
The teacher later took her to the Ajeromi Police Station, where the case was reported.
Senami, an indigene of Benin Republic, said, “On May 4, after I came back from hawking, daddy (Azama) ordered me to go back and collect the N500 my customers owed me. I came back home late. I did not know my father had put a knife on the fire. He tied my leg and started stabbing me with the knife.
“When I got to the school the following day, my teacher, Mr. Okoafose, took me to a welfare office and we all went to a police station.”