The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has arraigned a 30-year-old housewife for allegedly dipping the hands of her two-year-old step-son in boiling water.
The accused, Khadija Yahaya, is facing a two count charge before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Bwari, Abuja, presided over by Justice A. O. Musa.
The charges sheet said that Khadija, a resident of old Block industry, opposite ECWA Church, Chukuku, Kuje Area Council, Abuja, on December 12, 2017 dipped the two hands of her stepson, Abubakar Yahaya, in boiling water thereby causing him serious harm.
She was also accused of willfully causing physical injury on the boy, offences punishable under sections 21 (1) and 2 (1) of the Violence Against Persons Act 2015.
The accused, however pleaded not guilty to the charges and was subsequently granted bail in the sum of N500,000 and the case adjourned to February 20 for hearing.
It would be recalled that NAPTIP had arrested the woman said to be the second wife of the boy’s father following a tip-off from concerned Nigerians.