Monday had been married for seven years without a child and had travelled to Kaduna sometime in July, 2015, to get the victim from her elder brother.
Grace allegedly flogged the victim for several hours at their home in the Ireodun, Agege area of Lagos State and subsequently slammed her head against a wall causing the toddler to faint. The offence of the little girl was that she always messed up the room with excreta.
Her landlord, Fatai Alimi, reported the matter at the Isokoko Police Division. He alleged that Monday had inflicted several injuries on the body of the victim, adding that she slammed Peter’s head against the wall. Alimi said Peter was placed on oxygen, after she was incapacitated by the torture.
But a friend of the suspect, Alice Abuye, claimed that Grace did not slam her niece’s head against the wall.
Abuye, who claimed to be a confidante of the suspect, said Grace had called her to express her frustration with the child’s incessant defecation. The friend said:
“Grace (Monday) loves little children. Unfortunately, she had been married for seven years without any issue. She said I should release my child to her so she could train her till she got her own but I refused. I told her to go to her village and get her relative’s child.
“On the night preceding the incident, she called me that the girl had started defecating again. After beating her, Miracle (Peter) told her if she confessed the reason for her misbehaviour, some spiritual forces would punish her. Grace and her husband prayed till 3am after hearing that.
“Around 8am, she woke up and saw that Miracle was still sleeping. She woke her up to give her a bath. She was about leaving the house when she saw the girl had hit her head against the wall. Grace did not touch her.”
Abuye said the victim had been discharged from the hospital and released to the family.