A 28-year-old housewife, Olotu Chizoba, who allegedly assaulted
a co-tenant by beating her to a pulp, was on Wednesday
arraigned before a Magistrate O.Sule-Amzat sitting at Ogudu,
Lagos. Olotu, who resides at Bello Street, Ikosi Road in Ketu area
of Lagos, is being tried for assault occasioning harm.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Lucky Ihiehie, told the court that the
accused committed the offence on March 15 on Ikosi Road. He
said the complainant, Mrs Samuel Nwali came to Ketu Police
Station in company of her husband to report the incident.
According to the prosecutor, the accused had beaten up the
complainant’s two children.
“The complainant confronted her and the the accused, instead of
aplogising to her, descended on her and used a big stick to beat
“She also bit her on her right breast, almost cutting off the
nipple.,” Ihiehie said.
The offence contravened Section 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos
State, 2011. The section prescribes three years for assault
The accused, pleaded guilty to the charge. However, the
prosecutor told the court that both parties were ready for out-of-
court settlement. Ihiehie said the accused had realised her
mistake and had begged the complainant and her husband.
“The complainant and her husband are in court with a withdrawal
letter to settle out-of-court.” In her ruling, the magistrate
struck out the case for out-of-court settlement.