Housemaid strangles baby to death


Another toddler raped to death by father’s neighbour

An 11-year-old housemaid whose name was not disclosed was yesterday arraigned on a charge of murder before an Ebute-Meta Chief Magistrate’s Court in Lagos state for allegedly stabbing and strangulating a five-year-old boy under her care, Chikamso Amazu, to death.


According to the prosecutor, Inspector Chinalu Uwadione, the incident occurred on March 10 at the residence of the victim’s parents on Plot 702, Road 255, Abule-Ado in Lagos metropolis.


He also said that the accused committed the alleged offence by severally whipping little Amazu with a leather belt before inflicting multiple stabs on his private part with a curtain rod and finally clutching his throat until he died.


Uwadione further told the court that the offence contravened Section 223 of the Criminal Code Law of Lagos State, 2015.


Given the accused person’s age, her plea was not taken by Chief Magistrate Ipaye-Nwachukwu who ordered that she be remanded in prison, and adjourned the case to April 18.


The magistrate also called for a legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in Lagos state.

Meanwhile, a man simply identified as Sani, 50, is cooling his heels in detention for raping his neighbour’s three-year-old daughter to death in Katsina State.

The incident happened in Funtua Local Government Area of the state when Sani allegedly lured the child to a nearby uncompleted building, and started having carnal knowledge of her forcefully till she gave up the ghost.

Sani, who resides with the victim’s father Ibrahim Abdullahi in the same house in Jabiri Quarters of Funtua, was arrested after Abdullahi reported the incident at Central Police Station, Funtua.

According to First Information Report (FIR) by which the accused was charged before Hajiya Fadila Dikko of the Chief Magistrates’ Court Funtua yesterday, the offence violated Sections 283 and 221 of Penal Code Law of Katsina state.

After preliminary inquiries into the case during his Sani’s arraignment, Magistrate Dikko remanded him in prison and adjourned the case to April 9.


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