Woman locks up housemaid in toilet for 20 days in Lagos

A 34-year-old woman, Oyinyen Chuks has been charged at Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos State for locking up her 14-year-old housemaid in a toilet for 20 days.

The woman who is a trader and resides at 19, Ojo St., Shasha, a suburb of Lagos, is facing a four-count charge bordering on assault.

The Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Raphael Donny, earlier explained in the court that the offenses were committed between May 2 and May 22 at the residence of the accused.

According to Donny, the accused alleged that the housemaid stole her money and beat her mercilessly.

Donny said, “The accused locked the girl inside her toilet, fed her once and didn’t allow her to take a bath or change her clothes for those weeks in bondage.”

“It was one of the neighbours who could not bear the torment anymore that informed the police”, he said.

He added that following the report, the police visited the house and found the girl in the condition.

Donny said, “Hence, the accused was arrested while the girl was taken to the hospital for treatment.”

According to the Prosecutor, the offenses contravened Sections 171, 207, 245 and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Chief Magistrate, Davies Abegunde, granted the accused N1million bail with two sureties in like sum.

Abegunde ordered the accused to pay N200,000 into the Court Registrar ‘s account as part of the bail conditions.

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