Civil servant arrested for brutalising children with electric wire


Olaleye Aluko, Abuja

Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other related matters have arrested a civil servant, Alex Okafor, for allegedly brutalising his three children with an electric wire.

According to NAPTIP, 40-year-old Okafor, who worked with the National Health Insurance Scheme, resided at Bazango Layout, in the Kubwa area of Abuja.

Our correspondent learnt that he allegedly brutalised his children, aged eight, 10 and 11, for making him angry.

The victims were two girls and a boy.

The anti-trafficking agency did not disclose the names of the children.

NAPTIP said Okafor had been arraigned at a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Number 28, sitting in Apo, Abuja, for the act of violence which contradicted Section 2 (11) of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015.

Confirming Okafor’s arraignment, the agency’s spokesman, Josiah Emerole, said in a release that the matter had been adjourned till June 19.

He said, “The court has remanded Okafor in prison for an alleged act of violence and for inflicting injuries on his three children.

“The defendant was dragged before the court on three counts under the provisions of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015. He was arraigned in the case of Federal Republic of Nigeria versus Alex Okafor, with charge number CR/161/18.

“He was charged with wilful infliction of physical injuries on his three children using electric wire and horsewhip, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 2(11) of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015.

“After the charges were read, he pleaded not guilty. The judge, Justice Valentine Ashi, ruled that the defendant had a right to bail. The court, therefore, granted him bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties each in like sum. Further hearing on the matter has been adjourned till June 19.”

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