By Moronke Boboye, Lagos.
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Thursday ordered the remand of a 51-year-old welder, Fatai Amidu, at Kirikiri Correctional Centre for allegedly defiling the seven-year-old daughter of his neighbour.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs B. O Osunsanmi, who did not take the plea of Amidu, ordered that the case file should be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.
Osunsanmi adjourned the case until Feb. 8, pending the reception of the DPP’s advice.
The defendant, who resides at Ogombo area of Ajah, Lagos, is facing a charge of defilement.
Earlier, the police prosecutor, ASP Raji Akeem, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Aug. 17, 2022 at No.97C, Okun, Ajah, Lagos.
Akeem said that the defendant lured the girl to his room and had sexual intercourse with her.
“He told the girl not to tell anyone. She, however, told her grandmother when she felt pains in her private parts,” he said.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Section 137 stipulates life imprisonment for defilement.