A Lagos State Magistrate court sitting in Ikeja yesterday remanded a mother, Bilikisu Musa in the female section of the Nigeria Correctional Services (NCS) facility for allegedly assaulting her 12-year-old son (name withheld).
Magistrate Peter Nwaka, who gave the order after taking Bilikisu plea, directed that she should be kept in custody of the NCS until she perfected her bail conditions.
Police prosecutor, Sgt. O. Felicia told the court that Bilikisu committed the offence on February 29, 2020 at about 9.00am at 66, Morricas Road, Agege, Lagos.
She said the defendant allegedly assaulted her son by beating and caused him bodily harm.
The charge against Bilikisu stated: “That you Bilikisu Musa, on 29th day of February, 2020 at about 9.00 a,m. at at 66, Morricas Road, Agege, Lagos in Ikeja Magisterial district, did unlawfully assault [the 12-year-old] by beating him with wire on his head which caused him bodily harm and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015″.
She pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Magistrate Nwaka granted her bail in the sum of N50,000 and one surety in like sum.
He then adjourned the matter to April 29.
It will be recalled that the Lagos State government had arrested the mother after the bloodied boy’s picture went viral on social media.
The Director, Lagos State Directorate of Citizens’ Rights (DCR), Mrs Biola Oseni has said the state government, through the DCR, has rescued the boy from their Agege, Lagos residence.
Mrs Oseni had claimed that officials of the ministry during a visit to the home gathered that the boy was assaulted by his mother.
“The rescue team did not meet the mother but was later sighted at a different location and was apprehended by government officials who took her into police custody for questioning,” she added.
The DCR director said that the matter was presented at the police station, and the woman’s husband was directed to produce the boy with the woman was at the police station.
Meanwhile, the boy has been taken to the Ministry of Youth and Social Development for placement and appropriate medical care.