Yemi Awolola, a staff of the NNPC, said to also be a deaconess, who brutalised a 14-year-old girl, Princess, put in her care with a hot knife and gas lighter in her genital area, has pleaded guilty to the charges against her.
Reports have it that Awolola inserted a stick in the girl’s vagina.
Awolola and her children were arraigned on Monday at the Magistrate Court 3, Kaduna, on charges of battery and sexual assault.
Despite pleading guilty to the crime, Justice Bashir Yusuf Shittu, the presiding magistrate, said he was unable to convict Awolola because he “lacks jurisdiction” and that he was only taking cognisance of the offence.
Justice Shittu granted bail in the sum of N700,000 to Awolola’s two children, who are also named as accomplices in the matter, but denied the woman bail.
Her son, according to SR, who is also complicit in allegedly abusing Princess, has fled to Lagos after escaping police arrest in Kaduna.
The presiding judge has adjourned the case until August 27 for further hearing while remanding Awolola at the Kaduna Correctional Center.
Recall that the woman and her children allegedly serially abused Princess, who was left in her care after she promised the victim’s financially unstable family that she will send her to school.
The girl’s family recently called on Nigerians to ensure that the matter was not swept under the carpet and that their daughter, who is currently hospitalised in Kaduna, gets justice.