A 32-year old step-mother, Kudirat Oyediran, has been arrested by the Ogun State police for allegedly inflicting injuries on her 5-year old step-daughter, Rachael Oyediran.
Kudirat, who is a hairdresser allegedly tortured the five-year old for bed-wetting and disobedience. The step-mother, who has a six-month-old baby of her own, was apprehended after a neighbour reported the alleged torture to the police at the Onipanu division.
The step-mother, an Abeokuta indigene, and Rachael live in Okeore, Atan Ota, in the Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of the state. Kudirat Oyediran is said to be in the habit of constantly assaulting her step-daughter, Rachael. As a result, she sustained serious bruises on her back.
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Rachael’s mother died five years ago when she was three months old. The young girl has been under the care of her step-mother since, whom her father married a few years after.
Defending her actions, Kudirat told the police that she beat Rachael for being “obstinate”, adding that she only used brooms to beat her.
“She is my stepdaughter and I have been taking good care of her. But she is very stubborn. If I give an instruction, she won’t follow it. She is bed-wetting and I have cautioned her several times. She is also fond of stealing pieces of meat from the pot of stew. I only beat her with brooms; I don’t use any object on her. I promise not to beat her again.”
The girl would have been transferred to a motherless home, but her father and some community elders pleaded that she should not be taken there.
Young Rachael has been handed over to her father, Dele, who was made to sign an undertaking that the girl would be properly taken care of thenceforth, before she was released to him.
Confirming the woman’s arrest in a text message, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, says the case would be charged to court.