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Housekeeper burns 8-year-old’s buttock in Lagos

A 37-year-old housekeeper, Fatimah Yakuba who allegedly burnt an eight-year-old girl’s buttocks with a burning stove was on Monday tried before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Friday Mameh told the court that the accused committed the alleged offence on April 10, at about 11:00a.m, at her resident.

Mameh said, “Yakuba grievously harmed the eight-year-old girl left in her care by burning her buttocks with a burning stove which caused her bodily harm”.

According to him, the offence contravened Section 245 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to one-count charge of grievous harm, preferred against her by the police.

Magistrate B. I. Bakare granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000.

Bakare directed that the accused should produce two sureties who must be gainfully employed.

He also said that the sureties must show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government and have their addresses verified by the court.

The case was then adjourned till May 5.

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