A 27-year-old man, Francis Silas, who was remanded in a correctional facility (prison) for allegedly feeding his four-year-old daughter with her own excreta, got a temporary reprieve on Tuesday as he was granted bail.
A Rivers State Senior Magistrates’ Court sitting in Port Harcourt gave the order.
The accused, who is being prosecuted by the International Federation of Women Lawyers in Rivers State, is facing three counts charge bordering on child abuse and battery.
According to Prosecutor Kenneth Ossisi,the accused committed the offences at his residence at Railway Close, Diobu Line, Port Harcourt in December 2019.
He alleged that the accused unlawfully march the stomach of a baby who is below age five.
Ossisi said he also administered poison on the girl by forcing her to eat her faeces.
In addition, Silas conducted himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace by feeding Happiness with her faeces.
The offences contravene Sections 351, 241(2) and 249 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Rivers State 1999.
The Senior Magistrate, Mr John Enyindah, ruling on a bail application by the counsel to the defendant, Mr E. Essien, admitted him to bail of N100,000 with a surety, who must be a property owner within the magisterial district of the court.
Feb. 3 has been fixed for hearing.