@News Africa: Wicked world -Mother injures 16-years-old daughter with pressing iron over N250

A  30 years old woman, Mrs. Ayo Sheriff, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command, for allegedly inflicting serious injuries on her daughter, Aishat with pressing iron for lying about N250.

It was learnt that, Mrs Sheriff who was said to be a factory worker and a Kwara State indigene, plugged an electric iron and pressed the hot surface on the body of the 16-year-old, injuring her in the two legs.

According to witnesses who narrated that the offence of the teenager was that she lied that her mother was with the sum of N250 which she (Aishat) was supposed to give to her (Aishat) boss.

However, the case was said to have been reported at the gender section of the police command headquarters, Ikeja, which led to the arrest of the suspect.

Meanwhile, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, has said confirmed that the incident happened on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

He said, “The Lagos State Police Command is investigating a case of child abuse reported by Chosen Child Orphanage Home, located on Gastya Estate, Ijora Badia on behalf of Aishat Sheriff, a 16-year-old girl child whose upper and lower right limbs were allegedly burnt by her biological mother, Ayo Sheriff, with an electric iron after a minor misunderstanding.

“The victim, who is a pupil of a secondary school and a part-time student nurse, was given N500 by her boss with an instruction to give someone N200 on her way home, use N50 as her transport fare and return the balance of N250 the next day.

“However, on the day she was supposed to return the balance, she defaulted. She told her boss that the money was with her mother. The boss called her mother on the telephone and the mother denied knowledge of the money.

“When the victim returned home from work, her mother, who was already waiting for her, plugged an electric iron and waited until it was hot. She used the hot iron to welcome her daughter home, accusing her of being a disgrace to the family.”

Oti said the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, became angry on sighting the victim’s injuries, adding that the police boss expressed worry over increasing rate of child abuse and domestic violence in the state.

He said Imohimi advised parents to correct their children in love.

It was learnt that although Ayo and her husband lived together with the children, the husband was always away from home due to the nature of his work.

Following the episode however, Aishat and her two siblings have been put into the custody of Chosen Child Orphanage Home in the interim.

Oti said the gender section of the command, headed by SP Adejoke Cole, had concluded investigation into the case and would charge the suspect to the Ikeja Magistrate’s Court on Monday, April 30, 2018 (today).


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