Boss breaks 13-year-old apprentice’s head with padlock

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The Lagos State police command has arrested a 35-year-old welder, Oluwafemi Abiodun, for allegedly breaking the head of his 13-year-old apprentice with a padlock.

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According to Newtelegraph, Abiodun broke Rasaq Alimi’s head after he allegedly tipped a bottle of N200 worth of honey, thus making the honey to pour away. The boy has, however, denied touching the bottle.

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After breaking his head, Abiodun allegedly ordered him to continue with his welding work, while blood ran down his head. A passer-by, Sunday Oyeniyi, who saw Alimi crying, dragged Abiodun was dragged to the police station.

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The malnourished and dirty looking Rasaq said that was not the first time his master would beat and inflict injury on him. He said: “I have been an apprentice at the shop, learning how to fabricate gates and some other things since January 2017.

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I have not seen my father since 2017. The last time I spoke with my father was when he had an accident. He has also not been calling me after he handed me over to my master.”

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Abiodun said that he only hit Rasaq’s head with a padlock just to warn him to desist from such an act. He said that he never meant to injure the lad. He said: “I cannot punish another person’s son, because I have my own.

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I have learnt my lesson. I’m begging his father to forgive and take me out of the police cell where I am being detained.” In his reaction, Rasaq’s father, Adebayo Alimi, said: “I’m not a wicked father.

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I brought him to the workshop to prepare him ahead of life challenges. I knew he is still a young boy. I always send his feeding allowances to his master monthly. My elder and younger sisters used to go to the workshop to check on him. I thank everyone who assisted him; God will protect their own children.”

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