Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Nigerian doctor suspended for flogging son in UK reinstated

 A Nigerian consultant anaesthetist Adekunle Okunuga based in the United Kingdom has been reinstated following his suspension from work for beating his son.

The Nation

The 59-year-old medical personnel, who was arrested after the incident in June 2014, blamed his cultural upbringing in Nigeria for the act, Daily Mail UK reports.

He said corporal punishments are common in Nigeria.

Okunuga caned his son for misbehaving in school and made him stand one leg with his arms in the air while he kicked him.

He also caned the boy’s open palms with a walking stick.

The boy got into trouble in school for not submitting homework, lying to other pupils, using the word ‘rape’ and for stamping in any injured girl during PE lesson.

In 2015, Okunuga’s name was ordered to be removed from the medical register after he was found guilty of professional misconduct by a disciplinary panel.

The doctor, who has been working at the National Orthopaedic Hospital in Lagos, is now free to return to work at the University Hospital Coventry.

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