Police in Ajuwon area of Ifo local government area of Ogun State has reportedly arrested and detained an eight year old pupil, Oyindamola Omole for two days.
The arrested and detention which has sparked outrage within the community was effected on Wednesday after the pupil was allegedly abducted by his class teacher who is also the wife of a police officer.
It was gathered that the class teacher identified as Mrs Oni maltreated the pupil which forced the mother to visit the school and complain about the alleged assault.
After the mother left, it was reported that the teacher was said to have descended on the child again and beat him several times for daring to report her to his mother.
It was learnt that after school hours, the teacher and her police husband went to the house of the pupil and forcibly took him to the station.
It was also reported that when Mrs Omole returned from work at night, neighbours told her about the ordeal of her son and she hurriedly left for the police station to ascertain what had happened.
Omole, who attempted to bail her child at the police station, was also slammed into the cell.
The child’s father, Olalekan Omole, who confirmed the incident, told our correspondent that his wife was also detained when she showed up at the police station for her son’s bail.
He said, “At about 6:30pm, the teacher and her husband, who is a policeman, went to our house and forcibly took my son. They used Okada (motorcycle) to pick my son.
“When my wife returned about 10:00pm and got to the station around 10:30pm, requesting to get her child released, she was equally detained at the station. All this happened because of the influence of the teacher, whose husband happened to be a police officer at the station.
“I was not around when all this happened. My two other children slept at home that night. I had to consult a lot of people to help me wade in and get justice for my family. But today (yesterday), at about 12noon, my son and my wife were released by the police.”
Mr Omole, who expressed dismay at the decision of policemen to detain an innocent minor, said he had contacted his lawyer to take the matter up.
The father also told journalists that he had duly informed the school proprietor about Mrs Oni’s alleged misconduct.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said he was not aware of the case but would investigate.