A 71-year-old man, Rasheed Adebayo, has been arrested for inflicting grievous injury on his grandson, Fuad Badmus for stealing N1000.
The incident occurred on Saturday at 18, Ile Ogbo Street, New Oko-Oba, Agege, Lagos.
Pictures of the victim, which had gone viral on the social media, drew a lot of reactions from Nigerians, who condemned the brutality.
However, the suspect was wrongly presumed to be Badmus’ uncle.
A Facebook user, Misheck Mutantabowa said the teenager’s offence was not commensurate with the punishment.
An Instagram user @nenyewest, described the flogging as a “pure act of wickedness.”
Another user @boladokiss, wrote:
“Wretchedness has made a lot of people’s children leave their homes and stay with some irresponsible family. Here is a disadvantage. He must be arrested.”
The Spokesman of Lagos State Police Command, Chike Oti, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), said the matter was reported by a neighbour who was angry with the injuries on the teenager’s body.
“On Saturday, a case of assault occasioning harm and child abuse was reported by one Chief Jonathan Bakare against one Rasheed Adebayo, who unlawfully used a cane on his grandson and gave him injuries all over his body for stealing N1,000.
“Investigation is still ongoing and it has been transferred to the Gender Section of the Isokoko Police Station. At the completion of investigation, the suspect will be charged to court.”