Promise Friday is standing trial before Chief Magistrate A. Ipaye-Nwachukwu in Surulere Lagos.

He has been accused of defiling a nine-year-old girl.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Anthonia Osayande, told the court that the accused committed the offence on November 7, at 8.30p.m. on Ojuelegba Road, Surulere.

Osayande said that the accused had sexual intercourse with the minor in his brother’s shop.

She said that the girl told her parents of the incident when she could not bear pains in her private part.

“Her parents reported the matter to the police, and the accused was arrested,” she said.

‎Osayande said the offence contravenes Sections 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015. 

A 24-year-old man pleaded not guilty to the offence and was granted bail in the sum of 200,000 naira.

Chief Magistrate A. Ipaye-Nwachukwu ordered the accused to provide two sureties as part of the bail conditions.

Ipaye-Nwachukwu directed that one of the sureties must be a civil servant of Grade Level 14 and above, while the other should be a community leader or a cleric.‎

She said that the sureties should show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

Ipaye-Nwachukwu further said that she needed the advice of the state’s director of public prosecutions and therefore adjourned the case until February 1, 2018, for mention.


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