8 year old Friday Paul has been discharged from hospital against medical advice after his paternal uncle tortured and allegedly drove a 3 inch nail into his skull while the case against his uncle was allegedly dismissed by police.
Vanguard reports that representatives of Lagos Child Protection Network, visited Sagamu Road Police Division, Ikorodu, where the suspect, Mr. Friday Paul, was being detained and they were informed that the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, has dismissed the matter, claiming that accusations against the suspect were fictitious and he had no case to answer.
Mr. Paul’s apartment was under lock and key at press time which is an indication that he has relocated from the area.
There was palpable fear in the neighbourhood as some residents, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, said the female Investigative Police Officer, IPO, personally visited the area to warn them to stay out of the matter or have themselves to blame.
The source said: “We have enough evidence to prosecute the suspect for child abuse, assault and attempted murder, but our Oga (DPO) and IPO are shielding him for reasons best known to them. There are many exhibits relating to the crime: belt, nail, X-ray film, radiological report, GP’s report from General Hospital, Ikorodu, and referral letter showing nail in the head. “Also, there are pictures of the injury site before and after the surgery and pictures of the previous scars on the face, forehead and legs. But for reasons best known to the DPO, the suspect was discharged and acquitted over the weekend.”