A food vendor in the Oshodi area of Lagos, Mrs Mary Omifunto, inflicted burns on her 14-year-old daughter by pouring a pot of hot water on her body.
The teenager’s offence was said to be her refusal to assist her mother, who sells rice, to hawk the food last Sunday.
It was reported that Omifunto had a lot of beef unsold on Saturday and decided to cook food the next day so the meat would not spoil.
But Kaosarat, a primary 5 pupil, declined her mother’s request to hawk that Sunday.
The mother, who got angry by her resistance, was said to have slapped Kaosarat, who allegedly replied the slap.
Omifunto, agitated by the response, reportedly went for hot water on fire and poured it on her, burning her back and leg.
The Guidance and Counselling unit of the Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Education Authority, who was informed of the incident, reported the case to police at the Akinpelu Division who then arrest the mother.
According to a child rights activist, the case had been transferred to the Gender Unit of the Lagos State Police Command in Ikeja.
The official said, “The woman’s shop is at Dipo-Olu in Oshodi but she lives on Brown Street with the girl. Last Sunday, the girl declined to hawk. It resulted in an argument and she slapped her. She said her daughter slapped her back but the girl denied it. She wanted to hit her with a metal object but people intervened and collected it from her.
“She then went for water she was boiling and poured it on the girl. She (Kaosarat) ran to a nearby health centre. Some officials from the hospital came and halted the woman’s cooking for the day. They asked her to get some prescribed drugs but she tore the paper. It was her neighbours who contributed N10,000 to buy some drugs.
“The girl is her first child. She has divorced her father after three children and remarried with another child.”
The Coordinator, Advocates for Children and Vulnerable Persons Network, Mr Ebenezer Omejalile, added that the organisation was also following up the case.
He said, “The incident happened on December 13. They have a lot of unsold beef. The mother said she had told her on Saturday that she would hawk the following day so that the meat would not waste. The girl declined and in the ensuing altercation, she poured water on her.
“The perpetrator is currently in police custody of Akinpelu. The girl school’s social worker is aware of the case.”
The police spokesperson in the state, SP Muyiwa Adejobi, said Omifunto would be charged after investigation and urged parents to always control their anger.
He added, “The Commissioner of Police has condemned the act. It is surprising why someone would do such a thing to her biological daughter. The girl is in pain. It is quite unfortunate.”