The Ikeja Chief Magistrate’s Court has dismissed an alleged abuse and assault case against a fashion designer in Lagos over indolent prosecution.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr P.E. Nwaka, while the defendant is identified as Mrs Bisi Olukayode.
In March 2018, a 14-year-old Togolese, Anjuah Sunday, was employed by the Olukayode family as a maid at their house on Lekki Gardens Estate Phase 3.
The victim was said to have arrived in Lagos with her grandmother and was reportedly handed over to the family by an agent.
But the girl was allegedly tortured by the mistress with sticks, wires and canes, which led to injuries in different parts of her body.
However, some residents informed officials of the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender after the teenager was allegedly locked up in a toilet over an offence.
The fashion designer was then arrested by the police, while the maid was rescued by the OPD.
A former Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, disclosed then that the police found several marks of flogging on the child.
The case was however transferred to the Gender Unit of the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, in which Bisi was arraigned at the Ikeja Magistrate’s Court.
However, a certified true copy of the final court proceding with the date March 4, 2019, said the case was struck out after the defence lawyer, I.A. Adalu, applied that the trial should be discontinued, due to the absence of the complainant in court.
He said, “I apply that the matter be struck out as the complainant is no longer interested. On January 14, 2019, September 24, 2018, July 11, 2018, May 16, 2018, the complainant was not in court. This shows the lack of interest in the matter.”
The magistrate observed that the record of proceedings confirmed the lawyer’s submission “with regard to the absence of the witnesses for the prosecution.”
“The charge against the defendant is struck out for indolent prosecution,” the court added.