20th November, 2013
The police at Idimu, Lagos, western Nigeria have arrested the wife of a pastor, Mrs. Angela Uzoma, for pouring hot water on her sister.
She was arraigned before the Ejigbo Magistrates’ Court for injuring the teenager.
The 28-year old housewife who is also the women’s leader in her husband’s ministry at Shasha allegedly poured hot water on Chidinma Chukwu, causing her serious injury.
The incident happened at their residence at Ifelodun Street Orisunmbare, Shasha, Lagos State, western Nigeria.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the pastor’s wife accused the 14-year old Chidinma of selling only few pawpaws on the fateful day.
Angela, according to the police investigating officer (IPO), had warned Chidinma to ensure that she did not come back home without selling all the pawpaws packed in her tray for sale that day.
Unfortunately, she did not sell everything and Angela became angry, accusing her of being too playful.
P.M.NEWS gathered that she tried to hide the incident by refusing to take her to a hospital. Instead, she arranged with a nurse who was treating her at home.
The matter came into the open when a samaritan heard of it and reported to the police at Idimu. Angela was promptly arrested.
Narrating what happened, Angela told P.M.NEWS at the police station that she did not intentionally pour water on her, adding that she brought her from the village to train her and she was hawking pawpaw to assist the family to feed. “It is the devil’s work and I regret what happened. I want to settle this matter out of court,” she begged.
Her husband, Pastor Paul Uzoma, described the incident as unfortunate. “When I heard of it, I blamed my wife and told her she went too far,” he said.
He, however, said his wife meant well for the girl and that was why she brought her to Lagos to train her.
When she was arraigned in court on Tuesday, she pleaded not guilty. The presiding magistrate, Mr. P.E Nwaka granted her bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety in like sum.
She was ordered to be remanded in prison custody at Kirikiri, Apapa when she couldn’t fulfill the conditions attached to her bail.
The matter has been adjourned till 12 December, 2013