On Wednesday, Magistrate P.E. Nwaka of the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Yaba, ordered the detention of a fisherman, Fatai Yussuf, for allegedly drowning his six-week-old daughter in the lagoon.
Yusuf was allegedly reported, to have taken the baby and his brother to the Ajanaku lagoon in the Badagry area of the state after their mother left the baby in his care, on 27th December, 2020.
The prosecutor, Thomas Nurudeen, told the court that the defendant threw his daughter into the lagoon in the presence of his son and lied to his wife and his elder brother that he took her to hospital.
He added that when it was discovered that Yussuf had thrown the baby into the lagoon, his elder brother reported the incident at a police station.
Yussuf was arraigned on one count of murder but his plea was not accepted by the court.
The crime was said to have contravened Section 222 and punishable under Section 223 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
Nwaka ordered the detention of the defendant in the Ikoyi Correctional Centre pending legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.
Th case was adjourned till February 23.