A couple, Mr Ajibaye Elikana, 49, and Elizabeth Ajibaye, have been remanded, in prison custody by an Osogbo Chief Magistrate’s Court, on Tuesday, for allegedly pouring hot charcoal on their child. The accused persons were said to have committed the offence on January 2, 2013 at Okinni in Egbedore Local Government Area of Osun State.
Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Elisha Olusegun, in the charge sheet accused the duo conspired among themselves and causing bodily harm on their 12-year-old son, David Ajibaye. Olusegun informed the court that the accused bound the hands and legs of their son with rope and bathed him with charcoal all over his body.
He then added that after the boy was bathed with hot charcoal, he was thrown out into the street but was rescued by a Good Samaritan, after some days, and taken to the state police central juvenile welfare centre. He said it was after the boy was brought to the Welfare Centre at Oja Oba, that the accused persons were arrested and charged to court of law, for their trial over the matter.
However, both accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, and their counsel, Mr O. O. Alabi, applied for their bail on the most liberal term, adding that they would provide reliable sureties if the bail was granted. Meanwhile, delivering his ruling, the presiding magistrate, Adebayo Lasisi, ordered the accused persons to be remanded in Ilesha Maximum Prison Custody. Magistrate Lasisi also said that the boy should be brought to the court on the next day of adjournment in order to ascertain his condition and later adjourned the case till January 25, 2013.