An Ikeja Magistrate Court has remanded a 30-year-old trader, Onyendu Eze, at the Kirikiri Correctional Centre in Lagos on Tuesday for allegedly defiling his neighbour’s 14-year-old daughter.
The magistrate, Mrs Ejiro Kubeinje, who did not take the defendant’s plea, directed the prosecutor to duplicate the file and send it to the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions for advice.
Kubeinje adjourned the case to Dec. 8 for hearing.
The prosecutor, ASP Bisi Ogunleye, told the court that the defendant, who lives in the Agege area of Lagos, committed the offence in September at his residence.
He said the defendant lured the teenager into his apartment and unlawfully had canal knowledge of her.
“He called the girl into his room, bolted the door, forcefully removed her clothes, and had sexual intercourse with her.
“When he eventually opened his door, the girl raised the alarm.
“The matter was reported to the police, leading to the arrest of the defendant.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that defilement violates Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, and punishable with life imprisonment. (NAN)