The police in the Okokomaiko division of the Lagos State Command has arrested a woman, Chinyere James, for torture and wrongly accusing a nine-year-old boy, Emmanuel, of defiling his three-year-old sister.
According to Punch’s report at this time, Chinyere James, 28, who also is Emmanuel’s aunt said he defiled his three-year-old sister at their residence on Akinberu road in Okokomaiko area of Lagos.
Without getting her facts together, Chinyere allegedly flogged him for hours, while Emmanuel’s cry of his innocence fell on deaf ears.
Eventually, help came for Emmanuel after a resident got hold of the situation and lodged a report to the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender.
A staff of the agency who preferred to be anonymous reported the case to the police.
“Chinyere tortured the boy for an offence he didn’ t commit. Investigation showed that it was one of their neighbours that defiled the boy’s three-year-old sister.
“When the police interrogated Joy, she took responsibility for the injuries on the boy’s body and lied that Chinyere did not touch the boy.
“But the truth later came out. The police arrested her and her sister, Joy, while the two children were taken into protective custody.”
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According to Punch reports, the three-year-old had been tested by Mirabel Medical Centre, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
Speaking about the case, the Director of the Office of Public Defender, Mrs Adebukola Salami, said that child abuse in the state would not be tolerated by the government.
“The Lagos State Government has zero tolerance for child abuse. This is a warning that it is irrelevant if the abusers are the parents of the child. Nobody is above the law. Child abuse is a criminal offence and abusers will be prosecuted.”
Punch reported that the sisters had been charged before an Ojo Magistrate’s Court on counts of assault.
The charges read in part, “That you, Chinyere James and Joy James, on or before September 24, 2017, on Akinberu Road, Okokomaiko, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire together to commit a felony to wit: indecent treatment of a child, thereby committing an offence.
“That you, Chinyere James, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did unlawfully assault one Emmanuel James by inflicting injuries on his body.”
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and were subsequently admitted to bail.
The case is to resume hearing on December 13, 2017.