A seven-year-old boy, identified simply as
Promise, has been stabbed by her mother with
broken bottles for allegedly defiling his two-year-
old step-sister and the daughter of a neighbour.
The incident happened on Monday on Tunde
Olusola Street, in the Ijaiye-Ojokoro area of
The mother, Mrs. Blessing Fred, was said to
have gone out with her daughter on Sunday,
leaving Promise behind.
It was gathered that while the mother was away,
Promise went to visit five-year-old Yemi
(pseudonym) ─ the neighbour’s daughter ─ at
her parents’ apartment. He was said to have
met Yemi alone and took her to his mother’s
On getting to the room, he reportedly told her to
remove her clothes and lie down. It was said
that he slept on top of the girl and fiddled with
her private parts.
We learnt that Yemi’s mother had left
her with her sister, who was said to have left
home when the incident happened.
Our correspondent gathered that Yemi narrated
what transpired between her and Promise to her
mother when she came back.
Residents approached by us on
Wednesday declined to speak, but a neighbour,
who did not want her name in print because of
the sensitivity of the matter, told our
correspondent that Yemi’s mother invited
Promise to her apartment and verified the story
in the presence of her daughter.
She said, “Initially, he denied. But when the
woman assured him that she would not tell his
mother, he opened up and said it was true. He
said he had been doing it with his step-sister
too. The woman later reported Promise to his
mother and he confessed to her as well.”
“She first beat him with a stick on Monday for
the offence. But all of a sudden, she smashed a
bottle and stabbed him in the back.”
A resident, Bose Komolafe, said Fred had been
arrested by the police from the Ijaiye-Ojokoro
Police Division, while Promise had been admitted
to a hospital in the area.
She said, “Some neighbours rushed to rescue the
child from her. He is on admission at a hospital.
Whatever the child might have done wrong, such
a move was too harsh.”
Yemi’s mother’s apartment was locked when our
correspondent checked for comments on the
Our correspondent inquired about the matter
from a police woman at the complaint desk of
the police station, but she said she did not have
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer,
DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident.
He said, “Fred stabbed her son on the back for
allegedly touching the vagina of his two-year-old
sister. She has been apprehended. The victim is
currently receiving treatment at a hospital. The
neighbour’s daughter case was not reported to