Father Charged To Court For Abandoning Child In Hospital

“The driver that knocked down the boy gave the accused money but he refused to pay the bills.” Prosecutor says

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A father has been arraign before a court in ikeja for refusing to pay his son’s medical bill and abandoning him in the hospital.

The accused, 45 year old Bashiru Olamilekan, who has allegedly refused to settle his son’s medical bill which has accumulated in the last seven months

Faced the the Ikeja Magistrate Court after the hospital his son is admitted in, sued him for breach of peace and refusing to pay his son’s bills

Trouble began when Bashiru Olamilekan who resides in suburb of Alagbado area of Lagos State

Rushed his son who was knocked down by a motorist to the hospital for treatment

The motorist in question however gave Olamilekan money to settle his son’s medical bill, unfortunately he did not follow through

Rather the bricklayer of a father abandoned both his son and his wife in the hospital for them to sought themselves

The bill however piled up to a total sum of Three hundred and twenty-five thousand naira (325,000) after seven months

POLICE ANGLE

Police Reacts

Prosecutor Clifford Ogu told the court that the offence was committed between June 25, 2017 and January 2018 at Rem-Yem Hospital, Ijaiye, Lagos.

Ogu also revealed that the accused’s eight-year-old son was knocked down by a driver and was rushed to the hospital to revive him.

“Since then, the accused refused to show up in the hospital, leaving the son and his wife to fend for themselves.

“The driver that knocked down the boy gave the accused money but he refused to pay the bills.”

Ogu adds that the accused son had been in the hospital since then and was discharged since September 2017.

“The hospital management wrote a petition against the accused and he was arrested. The hospital bill is N325,000.”

The offences violated Sections 166(d) and 321 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015

Section 166 (d) provides three months imprisonment, while Section 321 stipulates  two years for offenders

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge

COURT VERDICT

Taiwo Akanni, Chief Magistrates speaks

Taiwo Akanni, Chief Magistrates has granted the accused bail of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until February 26.

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