An Ogudu Magistrates’ court in Lagos has ordered the remand of one Akinbami Kazeem, who allegedly defiled a 12-year-old girl.
The Magistrate, Mrs E. Kubeinje, said that the accused would be put behind bars pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP.
Kazeem, who resides at Ilesanmi Close, off Bello Street in Ketu area of Lagos, is facing a count charge of defilement of minor.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the offence carries 14 years jail term on conviction.
Mr Lucky Ihiehie, the prosecutor told the court that the accused committed the offence at his residence on August 8.
According to the prosecutor, a neighbour in the compound, spotted the accused luring the girl into his room under the pretext of sending her on an errand.
”The girl’s father said when he came back from work, the neighbour told him what happened, and as he threatened his daughter with a cane, she cried bitterly and confessed what happened.
“He said the girl confessed that the accused told her brother to go and buy him sweets and also called her into his room to collect money and buy him food.
”The girl said as the accused was using his hand to romance her, he put his penis in her buttocks.
“The mother of the girl with tears in her eyes told the police that her daughter struggled with the man, but all to no avail, as he covered her mouth and defiled her. ’’
The offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge brought against him.
Kubeinje, therefore, adjourned the case until Sept. 17 for mention.