Couple On The Run For Locking Niece Up In Fridge For 8 Months
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A Nigerian couple, identified as Mr. Emmanuel Bassey and Mrs.Esther Bassey, has been sentenced to 3 years in imprisonment by a Sokoto Magistrate Court for confining their 12 years old niece in an unused fridge for a period of 8 months.
IBOM FOCUS learnt that the Court also fined the couple the sum of 275,000 naira.
According to reports, the said child, Joy Emmanuel was treated very badly and several inhuman punishment was melted on her, of which the one that stands out was confining her in a fridge inside a cage without food for 8 months by her aunty and her husband, residing at Sokoto Cinema area in Sokoto North Local Government Area.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Sokoto, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, who spoke about the incident, said that the child was rescued on Thursday. He said that the Police arrested and retained the couples, adding that after the Command completed its investigations, it decided to charge them to Court.
He said, “They kept the girl in a cage at their compound and starved her of food for 8 months.”
“When our men broke the door of the cage, the girl was too frail to walk because she was emaciated. We met her in a very horrible situation, urinating and excreting inside the cage.”
“The girl was taken to the Specialist hospital for immediate treatment, “he said.
Delivering judgement, Chief Magistrate Shu’aibu Ahmad fined the couple N25,000 or six months jail term for criminal conspiracy. He also fined them N50,000 for wrongful confinement and in default they would spend 12 months in prison.
He stated for a fact that the couple were found guilty of cruelty to the child and sentenced them to 12 months imprisonment with N100,000 fine and in default they would spend 3 years in prison, to run concurrently.
Locking Niece Up