Alaba's crime was that she had the 'guts' to eat her food with a piece of meat.

She was taken to her employer's place at Lowa Estate in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State by her aunt shortly after she was brought by her parents to Ibadan.

Bakare was said to have promised to take care of the victim adding that he would send her to a vocational centre.

The suspect was alleged to have reneged on the promise.

It was learnt that on April 24, 2017, some neighbours heard the cry of the teenager and intervened.

A neighbour, who did not want to be identified, said, "She started living with the man and his wife not quite long; but we always heard her cry. When she started crying again this time, we intervened and asked what happened.

"She said the man used a part of a disused tyre to flog her for eating her meal with a piece of meat after he asked her not to. She said he became angry and hit her, which made her to sustain injuries on different parts of her body.”

The neighbour said residents alerted officials of the office of the Public Defender in Ita Elewa, Ikorodu.

An official of the OPD, who did not want to be identified, said on receipt of the information, the agency alerted the police to join in the rescue of the victim.

The Director of OPD, Mrs. Olubukola Salami, lauded the cooperation of members of the public in the arrest of the suspect.

The accused has been charged to court to face a suit on assault of a minor.