A lawyer, Igwe Ifeoma, was on Wednesday arraigned before Magistrate P.E. Nwaka at the Magistrate’s Court in Yaba, Lagos State. The charge is child trafficking and assault on an 11-year-old girl, Esther Onwa.
Ifeoma is charged with six counts of conspiracy to commit child trafficking, child trafficking, inhuman treatment, unlawful assault and battery.
The indictment states, “That you, Barrister Igwe Ifeoma, on the said day, time and place in the said Magistrate’s District, did abduct 11-year-old Esther Onwa for the purpose of keeping or treating her as a slave or bondwoman in your custody.
“That you, Barrister Igwe Ifeoma, on the said date, time and place in the said Magistral District did unlawfully assault one Esther Onwa, 11, by repeatedly inflicting various degrees of bodily harm on her ears, left eye, back, neck, lap, buttocks and other parts of her body.
“That you, Barrister Barrister Igwe Ifeoma, on the said date, time and place in the said Magistrate’s District, did grievous bodily harm to one Esther Onwa, 11, by injuring her eyes with a wire likely to cause her permanent blindness.”
The prosecutor, Olofin Williams, said the offences were punishable under Sections 411, 276(a), 172, 173, 246 and 245 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2015.
The accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Justice Nwaka granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties and ordered that the victim be taken to the state social welfare office.
The matter was adjourned to 23 September.