by Alli Mustapha
This is not the best of times for the Obinomeh family as a lady, Jessica Obinomeh and her mother, Sandra, are currently at an Ogba Magistrates’ court, Lagos Mainland, over lingering family issues.
Jessica alleged that her mother and siblings tortured her with a hot iron, compelling her to lie that her father raped her.
According to the 20-year-old, the plot was meant to shame her father who is based abroad, and his extended family. But the mother, Sandra debunked Jessica’s claim, saying that she was tortured for stealing N345,000 from her account.
In a petition dated January 27, 2020 and addressed to the Divisional Police Officer, Man Centre Police Station, Ikeja, Obinomeh Jessica stated that her mother in connivance with her (Obinomeh’s) brothers, held her in a room for days and declared her missing. They then beat and tortured her with Iron to conjure a story that her dad sexually abused her, This according to her was because her father had allegedly married a new wife abroad and her mother Sandra wanted to stain him.
Following the petition, Sandra was arrested by the police, but she denied her daughter’s allegations, stating that the complainant was punished by her brother for stealing. She explained that sometime in 2016, Jessica confessed to her that her father had been having sex with her. She said she was shocked, but she “didn’t react because the matter was really huge.”
Sandra said she had gone to the bank one day to withdraw money and was told she had a debit of N345,000 to Jessica’s account. She alleged that Jessica transferred the money and deleted the alert text immediately during her frequent visits to her shop.
A police prosecutor, ASP Benson Emuerhi, consequently brought Sandra before the Ogba Magistrates’ Court on three counts bordering on assault and false accusation. Emuerhi told the court that the offences contravened sections 168(D), 245 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015. Sandra pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The presiding magistrate, Mrs O. Sule-Amzat, granted her bail in the sum of N20,000 with one surety in the like sum. The case was adjourned till March 4, 2020.