For allegedly locking up her 14-year-old housemaid in a toilet for 20 days, a 34-year-old woman, Onyinye Chuks, was yesterday taken before an Ikeja Chief Magistrate’s court in Lagos State. Chuks, a trader, who resides at 19, Ojo Street, Shasha, a suburb of Lagos, is facing a four-count charge bordering on assault. The prosecutor, Sergeant Raphael Donny, told the court the offences were committed between May 2 and 22 at the residence of the accused. Donny said that the accused alleged that the housemaid stole her money, beat her and “locked the girl inside her toilet, fed her once and didn’t allow her to take a bath or change her clothes for those weeks in bondage. “It was one of the neighbours, who could not bear the torment anymore that informed the police.” The prosecutor said that following the report, the police visited the house and found the girl in the condition. “Hence, the accused was arrested while the girl was taken to the hospital for treatment,” Donny said. The offences, he said, con-travened Sections 171, 207, 245 and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. However, Chuks pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against her. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Davies Abegunde, granted the accused N1 million bail with two sureties in like sum. Abegunde ordered the accused to pay N200,000 into the Court Registrar’s account as part of the bail conditions and adjourned the case until June 21 for mention.

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