Shocking : Man who fed daughter with excreta gets bail in Port Harcourt

A Rivers State Senior Magistrates’ Court sitting in Port Harcourt, on Tuesday, granted bail to a 27-year-old man, Francis Silas, who was remanded in a correctional facility for allegedly feeding his four-year-old daughter with her own excreta after battering her.

The accused, who was dragged to court by the International Federation of Women Lawyers in Rivers State, is facing three counts bordering on child abuse and battery.

Prosecutor in the suit, Kenneth Ossisi, had earlier told the court that the offence of the accused was punishable under section 351, 241(2) and 249 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 37 Vol. II, Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.

Ossisi added that the offence was committed at the residence of the accused at Railway Close, Diobu Line, Port Harcourt in December 2019.

The charge reads, “That you, Francis Silas, on December 30, 2019, at No. 3, Railway Close, D/Line, Port Harcourt Magisterial District, did unlawfully march the stomach of a baby below the age of five and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 351 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol II Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.

“That you, Francis Silas, on the same date and place in the aforesaid magisterial district, did administered poison on one Happiness (female) who was below the age of five by forcing her to eat her faeces and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 241(2) of the Criminal Code Law, Cap 37, Vol II, Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.

“That you, Francis Silas, on the same date and place in the aforesaid magisterial district, did conducted yourself in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace by feed one Happiness with her faeces and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 249 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap 37, Vol. II Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.”

The presiding Senior Magistrate, John Enyindah, following an application filed by the counsel for the defendant, E. Essien, admitted bail to the accused with a surety and the like sum of N100,000, who must be a property owner within the magisterial district of the court.

Enyindah added that the surety must depose to an affidavit, which must be submitted to the court alongside recent passport photographs.

He, however, adjourning the matter till February 3, 2020, for hearing.-Punch

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