*Matter adjourned till 16th of January 2018
Few weeks ago, Police men from Edo State Command, official of Edo State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (MWASD) and the Jennifer Ero-led Child Protection Network (CPN), a team on a tipoff went to rescue a little boy who was a victim of maltreatment. He was allegedly manhandled by the father, Mr. Pius Happy and the step mother Mrs. Alice Pius, were latter arrested with the help of Amagba Community leaders and charged to court.
The case between the Commissioner of Police and the defendant, Mr. Pius Happy and his wife, Mrs Alice Pius upon appearance in court was latter taken over by the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) represented by Barrister Adekunbi commenting on reasons why the DPP decided to take over the case.
The new prosecution counsel, Barrister Adekunbi said: “the matter is of public interest hence, the need for the Ministry of Justice to take over and ensure justice for the little baby who is less than three years”.
The defence counsel who is a party to the suit however, declined interview with journalists.
The little Lucky Pius less than three years old was latter taken to his new home by officials of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development who are in-charge of the custody of the little boy.
The matter was adjourned to 16th of January, 2018, after counsel of the parties in the suit took a new date.
Child Protection Network (CPN) had been in the forefront of several cases of maltreatment in various forms against children in Edo State.