The Lagos State Police Command has arraignedn a female lawyer, Tolu Olaoye, for allegedly inflicting a cut on the forehead of her maid, 15-year-old Abigail Opebiyi.
The 32-year-old lawyer was charged with two counts before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
The victim had lived with the accused on El Shaddai Crescent in the Ipaja area of the state.
Olaoye was arrested on Friday on the order of the Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, after a video of the assault went viral on internet.
The incident happened on December 1, 2017, but it was said that neighbours became aware of the injury on December 14.
While the girl was rescued, her tormentor was taken into the custody of the gender section of the state police command in Ikeja for interrogation.
Olaoye allegedly kept the girl indoors after inflicting the injury on her until she came out on that day.
The offence contravened sections 170 and 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, police prosecutor, Inspector Simon Imhonwa, told the court
The charges read, “That you, Tolu Olaoye, on December 1, 2017, about 8pm, at 5, Elshadai Crescent, Baruwa, Ipaja, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully assault one Abigail Opebiyi, 15-year-old, by beating her, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 170 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
“That you, Tolu Olaoye, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did unlawfully assault one Abigail Opebiyi, by beating her with a belt and in the process she sustained an injury in her forehead, which caused her a bodily harm, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.”
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Her counsel told the court that the victim’s father, Femi Opebiyi, had agreed to withdraw the case.
The victim’s father confirmed that to the court.
The presiding magistrate, Mrs. B.O. Osunsanmi,therefore adjourned the case till February 1, 2018, for report of settlement and granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N200,000 with two responsible sureties in like sum.