The police in Lagos on Friday arraigned 24-year-old Onyinye Mbadike for allegedly beating her 10-year-old cousin, Chibuike Eziamaka, with a belt and locking him up in a dog’s cage in Lagos.
She was arrested on August 14, 2019 by policemen attached to the Gender Unit of the state police command after a video of the alleged assault went viral.
The offence was committed at No. 7, Trimnel Street in Aguda, Surulere, Lagos State .
The state government’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team wrote a petition to the Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, seeking her arrest and prosecution.
Onyinye was eventually traced to Chumpe Liquor Store where she was arrested and taken into custody.
She had denied locking the boy with dogs.
She claimed that she locked him in a cage reserved for storing bags for some hours after he drank some liquor and damaged her car mirror.
Spokesperson for the Nigeria Police Force Zine 2 Command, Dolapo Badmus, said in a statement.on Saturday that the suspect’s bail plea was denied.
Badmus stated: “As promised by the police, the suspect accused of assaulting and tossing a young orphan into a dog cage has been charged to court on Friday. The magistrate refused her bail application and she was consequently remanded in prison!
“Honestly, this is the positivity that community policing can achieve. Thanks to all volunteers that gave vital information on this case and Kudos to the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team of Lagos state police command for a job well done. This is what I mean when I say security is everyone’s business!”
The boy has since been moved to a safe shelter.