…As Cleric’s wife docked for allegedly burying live pig***
A Chief Magistrates’ Court, sitting in Zaria, Kaduna State, has remanded a housewife, Mrs. Nnennaya Edmond in prison for allegedly pouring hot water on a nursing mother and her 10-month-old baby.
The woman is standing trial on a two-count charge of criminal offence and causing of grievous injuries on one Gloria Cyril and her 10-month-old baby, Bright Cyril.
Both the accused and the complainant are living in the same house at ECWA Church area of Wusasa, Zaria, Kaduna State.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Abubakar Aliyu-Lamido, ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case to Oct. 15, for the complainant to present witnesses.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Mannir Nasir, had told the court that on Sep. 10, at about 1:00am, one Mary Ijeoma, reported the case to Danmaaji Police Division.
He said that Ijeoma had accused the defendant of pouring hot water on her daughter, Gloria and her 10-month-old grandson, Bright.
The Prosecutor added that the complainant had narrated that the action caused grievous injuries on the nursing mother and baby who were rushed to St Luke’s Hospital, Wusasa for treatment.
He said that the offence was contrary to sections 223 and 216 of the Penal Code Law 2017.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The prosecutor then asked the court for a short adjournment to enable him present witnesses.
In another development, a 33-year-old cleric’s wife, Blessing Okechukwu, who allegedly buried a live pig in her husband’s church compound, on Tuesday appeared in an Ajegunle Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The police charged Okechukwu, who resides in Satelite town area of Lagos with three counts of conspiracy, breach of peace and animal cruelty.
The Prosecution Counsel, Insp. S.I. Bassey, told the court that the defendant committed the offence at 1.40 a.m. on Sept. 3, at the National bank estate, Satelite town, Lagos.
He alleged that the defendant, and her husband, who was the senior pastor of License of Healing Deliverance Mission, were caught burying a live pig in the church compound.
Bassey told the court that he had witnesses who saw the defendant in the act and picture evidence of the pig, when the police dug it up.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 411, 168 (d) and 394 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.(Revised)
Sections 168 and 394 both stipulates a three-month jail term each for the offence of breach of peace and animal cruelty respectively, while 411 carries two-years for conspiracy.
The Magistrate, Mrs. Ramot Ayilara, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety in like sum.
She ordered that the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed, with address verified by the court.
Ayilara adjourned the case until Sept. 19 for mention.