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Innocent boy tortured by woman after wrongly accusing him of defiling his sister

A woman, Chinyere James, has been arrested by the police in the Okokomaiko division, Lagos State, for allegedly torturing her nine-year-old cousin, identified as Emmanuel.

The victim had been wrongly accused by the 28-year-old woman of defiling his three-year-old sister at their home on Akinberu Road, Okokomaiko.

Without investigation, she flogged him for hours, as his plea of innocence fell on deaf ears.

According to Punch, a resident was said to have rescued him and reported the matter to the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender.

An official of the agency, who did not want to be identified, said the case was reported to the police.

She said, “The boy’s mother, Joy, and the aunt, Chinyere, live in the same single-room apartment with their parents. Joy, who is 27 years old, had Emmanuel and the three year-old for different men.

“Chinyere tortured the boy for an offence he didn’t commit. Investigation showed that it was one of their neighbours that defiled the boy’s three-year-old sister.

“When the police interrogated Joy, she took responsibility for the injuries on the boy’s body and lied that Chinyere did not touch the boy.

“But the truth later came out. The police arrested her and her sister, while the two children were taken into protective custody.”

The 3-year-old had been tested by Mirabel Medical Centre, Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

A report was still being awaited to ascertain the culpability of the neighbour.

The Director of the OPD, Mrs. Adebukola Salami, said government would not condone child abuse.

The sisters Joy and Chinyere had been charged before an Ojo Magistrate’s Court on counts of assault.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges and were subsequently admitted to bail.

The case was said to have been adjourned till December 13, 2017.

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