An Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, has ordered that a 37-year-old woman, Bose Oluwole, be remanded in prison custody for allegedly setting her nine- year-old daughter ablaze.
Oluwole, a trader, is charged with assault, occasioning harm and attempted murder and is to remain in prison until June 2 when the case comes up for further hearing.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Emmanuel Nwankpuma, told the court that the accused committed the offences on May 11 at her residence at Ijebu-Ode Road, Odomola in Epe, near Lagos.
He said the accused unlawfully assaulted her nine-year-old daughter (name withheld) by pouring kerosene on her body and setting her alight with matches.
Nwankpuma said the accused, who attends a ‘white garment’ church, had just returned home from a night vigil on the morning of the assault.
He said the accused in her statement to the police, claimed she received a revelation during the vigil that her daughter was possessed by demonic spirits.
He said the accused told the police that the only way to deliver her daughter from evil spirit was to inflict injuries on her through the use of fire.
The prosecutor said the daughter was saved by the landlord who heard her cries and alerted the police, adding that the victim was currently in hospital receiving treatment for the injuries she sustained.
Nwankpuma said the offences contravened Sections 171 and 228 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.