21-year-old in Court over alleged child defilement

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Lagos – A 21-year-old man who allegedly defiled the two-year-old daughter of his father’s tenant, on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The accused, Justice Seun, who resides at No. 2 Abebi St., Ogudu, is facing a one-count charge of child defilement.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The prosecutor, Insp. Simon Imhonwa, told the court that the offence was committed on Sept. 7 at noon at the accused’s residence.
He said Seun, who is the son of the Landlord, on the said date, inserted his finger into the private part of the two-year-old daughter of a tenant.
Imhonwa said the accused lured the child into his room and defiled her.
According to him, the case was reported to the police after the child’s mother raised an alarm following the child’s complaint of discomfort.
Imhonwa said the offence contravened Section 135 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The New Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that at the arraignment, the father of the child, Mr Umoh, told the court that he would like to withdraw the case.
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“I don’t want a court case. The family has begged for forgiveness,” Umoh said.
The Magistrate, Mrs Bola Osunsanmi, in response to his plea, said that the matter can no longer be withdrawn.
“This case cannot be withdrawn; it is not in your jurisdiction any more. It is the state’s. The case will go to trial,’’ Osunsanmi said.
She granted the accused bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case to Nov. 30, for definite trial. (NAN)

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