One Margaret Ibanga of Aku village, Mararaba, near Abuja, is in hot soup, for maltreating and beating up her sister’s daughter, simply identified as Peace, a 9-year old girl, from Akwa-Ibom, she brought to stay with her.
The woman, who had inflicted different injuries all over Peace’s body, was exposed by a concerned neighbor, one Mishak Ogbonna, who reported the matter at the ‘A’ Division Police Station, Mararaba.
Ibanga, had pleaded guilty to a two-count charge, and was remanded in prison custody for alleged cruelty to child, when she appeared before a Mararaba Senior Magistrates’ court 1, in Nasarawa state, on Monday.
The Senior Magistrate, Mr. Iliya Aku, gave the order after Ibanga pleaded guilty to the two-count charge.
Aku ordered that Ibanga should be remanded till March 21, to enable the court to decide a proper sentence for her.
He also said that the remand duration would enable the Child Rights Act to take its full course.
Earlier, the prosecutor, PC Jacob John, told the court that the matter was reported at the said Police station on March16.
He said it was learnt that the accused started maltreating her, beating her up with cane and causing her different injuries all over her body.
“The incident has been recurrent, forcing Ogbonna, a concerned neighbour, to report the matter,’’ he added.