The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Joe Offor has confirmed the arrest of a school teacher who asked a three year old pupil to sit on a hot water container. The young girl Haliya Abolore, is reported to have died in the hospital as a result of the burns she suffered from the incident.
It is learnt that the three year old was a pupil in a private school on Idoluwo Street, Dosunmu, Lagos Island. The incident was said to have occurred on Wednesday, October 21 and she suffered burns in her buttocks and private parts. She was rushed to the Lagos Island General Hospital for treatment before being taken to Gbagada General Hopsital where she gave up the ghost on Tuesday, December 1.
Speaking to the media, her father described Haliya as a jewel and gave an insight into the matter. He said.
“She was first taken to the Lagos Island General Hospital. Later, she was taken to the Gbagada General Hospital. We have spent about N300,000 on her treatment. The proprietress gave us N5,000 on the day of the incident. One week later, she visited the girl. She gave some money to my wife’s mother.
The school teacher has been arrested and detained after the matter was reported at the Adeniji Adele division. The teacher was careless. He knew the container was used to keep hot water and she still sat her on it. All my daughter’s private parts were burnt. She was asked to sit on a container containing hot water.
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My wife is distraught. She has been taken to our family house in Kwara State. Haliya is our jewel. We are so sad to lose her.”
The matter is said to have been reported at the Adeniji Adele Police Division leading to the arrest of the school teacher identified as Maryam. The school proprietress, Mrs. Bose Shomoade, was also said to have been invited for questioning by the police, and made to pay parts of the treatment expenses.
The Coordinator, Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, Mrs. Lola Vivour Adeniyi, said they had written to the state Ministry of Education to investigate the school. She said:
“It is sad. The abuse of the three-year-old occurred when she suffered horrific burns. She was made to sit on a container of hot water in her school. We have just been informed that she died on Tuesday.
Apparently, she stopped responding to treatment and the pain was too severe. We have also informed the Ministry of Education about the incident.”