Nanny Docked For Manslaughter


A baby seater, Mrs. Elizabeth Nwago, residing on 14, Bross Street, Apapa Road, Ebute-Metta, Lagos  State, Southwest Nigeria, has been arraigned before an Ebute-Metta Magistrate’s Court for causing the  death of a month old baby girl, Chewendu Simon.

gathered that the incident occurred when the nanny was trying to revive the baby, who was  suffering from convulsion.

The police alleged that the 48-year old poured hot water on the baby’s leg in order to revive her but  this was unsuccesssful. The baby died on the way to a nearby public health centre.

One of the nurses at the centre accused the nanny of causing the death of the baby and invited the  police.

The police arrested and charge her to court on a one-count charge of unlawfully causing bodily harm to  the baby, an offence the prosecuting police officer, Mr. Eshiet O. Eshiet, an Inspector of Police,  stated, is punishable under Section 312 of the Criminal Code, Cap.17, Vol.11, Laws of Lagos State of  Nigeria, 2003.

The charge reads: “That you, Elizabeth Nwago on 17 December, 2010, at about 4.30 p.m. at 14, Bross  Street, Apapa Road, Lagos, Ebute-Metta, Lagos in the Lagos magisterial district did unlawfully injured  Chewendu Simeon, daughter of Ngozi Simeon, which resulted in her death and thereby committed an  offence punishable under Section 312 of the Criminal Code, Cap.C.17, Volume II, Laws of Lagos State of  Nigeria, 2003.”

The accused pleaded not guilty and the presiding magistrate, Mr. Oyindamola Ogalla, transferred the  case to the family court in Surulere for further prosecution.

—Paul Sanusi/Abosede Agboola