A lawyer, Igwe Ifeoma, was arraigned Wednesday before Chief Magistrate PE Nwaka, sitting in Magistrate’s Court, Yaba, Lagos State, on charges of child trafficking, assault of an 11-year-old girl, Esther Onwa.
Ifeoma faces six charges of conspiracy to traffic a child, child trafficking, inhumane treatment, unlawful assault and inflicting bodily harm.
The indictment read in part: “That you, Barrister Igwe Ifeoma, on the said date, time and place, took one Esther Onwa (11) into the above-mentioned Magistrate District, so that she might be held or treated as a slave or servitude under your guard.
“That you, Attorney Igwe Ifeoma, on the said date, time and place, in the aforementioned Magistrate District, wrongfully assaulted one Esther Onwa, 11, by repeatedly inflicting bodily harm on her ears, left eyes, her back, neck, rounds, buttocks and other parts of her body.
That you, Barrister Barrister Igwe Ifeoma, on the said date, time and place, in the aforementioned Magistrate District, one Esther Onwa, 11, seriously injured her by wounding her in the eye with a wire that could render her permanently blind. . ”
Prosecutor Olofin Williams said the offenses were punishable under Sections 411, 276(a), 172, 173, 246 and 245 of the Criminal Code of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2015.
The accused pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Magistrate Nwaka granted the accused a bail of N200,000, with two securities, and ordered that the victim be taken to the state social services.
The case was adjourned to September 23 for mention.