By Nike Adekunle –
For allegedly causing damage to daughter-in-law’s eye over her inability to give her a grand child after three years of marriage, a 57-year-old businesswoman, Adenike Bello, is now facing a jail term. She was brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos midweek.
Bello, a resident of Ikorodu area of Lagos, is being tried for serious assault and threat to life. According to the prosecutor, Insp. Godwin Awase, the accused committed the offences on October 20 at Fashola Street, Agege, Lagos.
He said that the accused assaulted her daughter-in-law with an iron rod which caused her to lose one eye.
“The complainant came back from the market and looked for the key where her husband normally kept it for her, but did not find it. She later noticed that her mother-in-law was inside but the accused denied her access into the room.
“As she waited outside for her husband to come back, the accused called her to come in, she though that the accused have forgiven her and she entered. She ordered her to pack her belonging and leave the house so that her son can marry another woman who would give him kids, calling her a barren tree that cannot produced fruits.
“The complainant sat down in the sitting room and refused to comply. She walked to where the complainant was sitting and was dragging her on the floor to throw her out, the complainant went back into the room and she started hitting her face with iron rod.
“She beat her and damage one of her eyes, that was before the neighbours came to her rescue. It was the neighbours that rushed to the Police Station to report that, that was not the first time the accused will be assaulting her daughter-in-law over a child. The Police then rushed to the scene and arrested the accused,” he said.
The offences contravened Sections 56 and 174 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised). The Section 174 prescribes three years jail term for serious assault.
The accused pleaded innocence of the offences and was granted bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The Magistrate, Mr J.A Adigun said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidences of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government. The case was adjourned to December 6 for mention.