A 31-year-old food vendor, Faith Onuoha, who allegedly beat up her husband’s ex-wife, was on Wednesday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court. The accused was arraigned before the Magistrate, J.A Adigun, on a charge of assault occasioning harm. The woman, who resides at Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos, however, pleaded not guilty and was admitted to a bail of N50, 000 with two sureties in like sum.According to the prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Awase, the accused committed the offence on Dec. 25, 2017 at her residence. He said the accused assaulted Mrs Amarachi Onuoha by battering her. “The accused used a plank to beat the complainant. The complainant and her ex-husband had approached a court for the dissolution of the marriage and after the judgement, the complainant was granted the custody of their son. “After some days of the judgement, the 10-year-old boy was missing and when the complainant went to report to the police, she was told that the father must have abducted him. “The complainant traced the boy to her ex-husband’s house and saw him. “But the accused, her ex-husband’s mistress, prevented her from taking her child by thoroughly beating and injuring her,” he said. The offence contravenes Section 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).The case was adjourned until February 27, 2018.
Adigun said the sureties should be gainfully employed with an evidence of two years tax payment.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the section stipulates three years imprisonment for offenders.