Mrs Fortune Nwankwo, the employer of the late 19-year-old Joy Adole, has been charged to court and remanded in the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) Custodial Centres in Kirikiri, Lagos state.
POLITICS NIGERIA reported the death of Ms Adole, who worked as a housemaid in the Lagos residence of the Steve-Nwankwos until her death.
This paper added that, although the deceased was suspected to have been beaten to death by her mistress, Mrs Nwankwo and her husband claimed she committed suicide by hanging.
Our investigation, however, revealed that Joy, who hailed from Ochodu-Ukpa, in Oju Local Government Area of Benue state, was subjected to maltreatment before she eventually gave up the ghost on the 20th of April.
Following the sad occurrence, Mrs Nwankwo was arrested and detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Panti.
Nevertheless, documents made available to POLITICS NIGERIA, showed that she was arraigned before a Magistrate Court for murder on April 29.
“That you, Fortune Nwankwo T, on the 20th day of April 2020, at about 7:30hrs at Ogundola Street, Sun Gas Bus Stop Bariga Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did killed one Joy Adolf aged 19 yrs (Now Deceased) by physically beating her to death and thereby, committed an offence punishable under Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015,” the charge sheet read.
The case has however been adjourned for hearing on the 1st of June while she is remanded at the Correctional Service facility.
Speaking with POLITICS NIGERIA on Tuesday, John Adole, the elder brother of the deceased, said he is glad that justice is about to be served.
Mr Adole further explained that the autopsy will be carried out as efforts are being made by family members to get a pathologist amid the coronavirus pandemic.