Chris Elvis, 30, allegedly accused four-year-old Godrich of being an 'Ogbanje' or 'child of evil' and blamed him for his bad luck in recent days.
The security guard beat his son, burned him all over his body with a hot iron and then locked him in a plastic drum, according to court documents.
The child's mother called police after returning from the market to find her son's horrific death.
Beaten to death: Four-year-old Godrich suffered horrific injuries allegedly at the hands of his father who padlocked his mouth shut to stop him screaming during the attack
The charge sheet reads: 'That you, Chris Elvis, on February 10, 2014, about 5pm at 7, Adetola Adelaja street, Meiran Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully kill one Godrich Elvis, aged four years by using hot pressing iron to burn him all over his body and putting him inside a plastic drum and locked the drum with padlock and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.'