Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Lagos Housewife Gets 10 years in Prison For Flogging 14-year-old Houseboy to Death

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One of the dreams of not a few Nigerian women is to get married, and more than that have their own homes, with the high possiblity of having househelps. The unfortunate reality is that most of those women, housewives or working women, have never managed people before, and before long, start to transfer the agression from their stressful relationships or careers unto their domestic staff. This is a lesson for women in the habit of mistreating their help to take it easy and learn new diplomatic skills of managing their underaged househelps rather than violent punishment for unnecessary reasons.

An Ikeja High Court, yesterday, sentenced a 27-year-old woman, Chiamaka Nnajiofor, to 10 years imprisonment for her culpability in the death of her housekeeper, Oliver Arakwe.
Justice Lateefat Okunnu convicted Nnajiofor for manslaughter instead of the charge of murder preferred against her. The sentence is to commence from September 22, 2011, when she was first arraigned.
Nnajiofor and her husband, Elochukwu, 41, were charged to court by the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, for murder.
According to the DPP, the couple tortured 14-year-old Arakwe to death on August 17, 2010 at 81, Femi Tella Street, Ago Palace, Okota, a Lagos suburb.
The couple had pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder.
Okunnu ruled: “There is nothing to show that he was part of the flogging his wife instigated that day, and available evidence indicated that he was not in the apartment when it happened.
“The prosecution also failed to prove the charge of murder against Chiamaka beyond reasonable doubts.
“Oliver was a severely malnourished boy and the beating of the boy with a belt would have had a lesser effect on a normal 14-year-old.
“It is on this basis that I find Chiamaka, the first defendant, not guilty of murder. I find her guilty of manslaughter. The second defendant, Elochukwu, is discharged and acquitted.” Vanguard


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  2. Blessings ....
    I hope everyday is a reminder to her that the consequence of incarceration is the reward for her actions and know that it is she that visited that sentence upon herself.



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