After spending two weeks in prison custody, the Kwara state family court, presided over by Chief Magistrate Shade Lawal has ordered the release of one Hajia Bilikis Yahaya Mohammed who allegedly inflicted knife burns on two minors from the federal prison yard, Oke Kura, Ilorin.
The court held that the surety of the accused must be a level 14 officer who must equally be her family member.
The court however fixed November 13 for the continuation of the accused’s case.
The court also ordered that the parents of the victims should appear before it on the same date.
They would be charged for alleged offence of child abuse, contrary to Section 28 of Child’s Right Act.
Blueprint recalls that the 48 -year-old woman allegedly used hot knife to cause multiple injuries on the children who were her housemaid.
She was dragged to court on 3-count charge of child labour, cruelty to children and causing hurt, contrary to Sections 28(1) of the Child’s Right Act, 2003; 238 and 248 of Penal Code Law.
According to the First Information Report (FIR), the defendant was arrested by the operatives of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) following a complaint on October 10 at the Intelligence and Investigation Department, Kwara state Command Headquarters, Ilorin by one Mr. Issah Adebayo of Plot D28, Basin Staff Quarters Area, Ilorin.
The complainant alleged that the defendant inflicted injuries with hot knife on her housemaids for not flushing toilet after using it.
As a way of punishing the housemaids, the FIR disclosed that the defendant used the hot knife on their thighs and buttocks.
Investigation conducted at the NSCDC office, according to the FIR, revealed that Mohammed abused the victims, by causing bodily injuries.