Two siblings on Tuesday appeared before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly assaulting their father, one Mr Ihiomah Ogidinta, by beating him and tying a skipping rope around his neck. The accused: Flora Ogidinta,36, and Chiedoziem Ogidinta,29, residents of Flat 18, Block 3, E-Close in 401 Rd, Festac Town, Lagos State, are facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, attempt to murder and threatening violence.
The Prosecutor, ASP Soji Ojaokomo, told the court that the accused committed the offences on April 1 at their residence. Ojaokomo said that the accused attempted to unlawfully kill their father by jointly beating him and tying a rope around his neck.
The prosecutor said that the accused confessed that they allegedly meted out the punishment on their father because he was having an affair with their late mother’s friend. “The complainant said his children threatened to do worse things to him the next time he brings the woman home,” Ojaokomo said.
Ojaokomo said that the offences contravened Sections 56, 228 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 228 stipulates life imprisonment for attempted murder while Section 409 prescribes a two-year jail term for conspiracy. However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them. The Senior Magistrate, Mr Patrick Adekomaiya, granted them bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till May 21 for mention