Court remands lawyer in Police cell for brutalising house help

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By Tony Oraeki, Awka

The Children, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Court, sitting at the Chief Magistrate Court, Awka, Anambra state, has remanded Mrs. Adachukwu Okafor in police custody for inflicting body injuries on her 11 years old house girl.

Okafor, who is a lawyer, was accused of using sharp objects to lacerate the girl’s private part for failure to do some domestic functions.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Okafor had a day earlier appeared before the Anambra State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, and had claimed that the girl only injured herself while trying to run away from being flogged.

She had previously been declared wanted by the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, and a bounty of N2 million placed on her head, before she later submitted herself at the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Awka.

She, however, was arraigned before the Children, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Court, Awka, yesterday, February, 21, 2024, on a-two count charge, mainly, willful infliction of physical injuries on the body of one Happiness Nwafor, an offence punishable under Section 4(1) of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition and Protection) Laws of Anambra State of Nigeria 2017.

The charge was read and interpreted to the defendant to the satisfaction of the Court; and the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Application for bail on her behalf by her lawyer, Chijioke Nwankwo was turned down by the court and matter adjourned to 28th February, 2024 for ruling.