A female lawyer, Tolu Olaoye, has been arraigned by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly inflicting a cut on the forehead of her maid, 15-year-old Abigail Opebiyi.
Olaoye was arrested on Friday on the directive of the Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, after a photo of the assault went viral. The 32-year-old lawyer was charged with two counts before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
The charges read, “That you, Tolu Olaoye, on December 1, 2017, about 8pm, at 5, Elshadai Crescent, Baruwa, Ipaja, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully assault one Abigail Opebiyi, 15-year-old, by beating her.
That you, Tolu Olaoye, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did unlawfully assault one Abigail Opebiyi, by beating her with a belt and in the process she sustained an injury in her forehead, which caused her a bodily harm.”
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. Her counsel told the court that the victim’s father, Femi Opebiyi, had agreed to withdraw the case, a move the father corroborated before the court.
The presiding magistrate, Mrs. B.O. Osunsanmi, later adjourned the case till February 1, 2018, for report of settlement. She granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N200,000 with two responsible sureties in like sum.