Chibuike Marizu (32), who allegedly defiled an 11-year-old girl, was on Monday released on a bail of 500,000 Naira on the orders of a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Marizu is facing a charge of defilement to which he pleaded not guilty before ‎Chief Magistrate Ipaye Nwachukwu.

‎The prosecutor, Sgt. Anthonia Osayande had told the court that‎ the accused committed the offence at No. 3, Yinka Bello St., NEPA Bus Stop in Ejigbo area of Lagos at about 8.00AM on February 23.

‎She said the accused, whose shop is located at No. 3, Yinka Bello Street, sent the 11-year-old girl on an errand and on her return, he closed the door of the shop and assaulted her sexually. ‎

‎Osayande said the girl reported the incident to her mother and this led to the arrest of the accused.

In granting him bail, the Chief Magistrate said one of the sureties must be a civil servant of not less than Grade Level 14, while the other surety must be a landed property owner in Lagos with an evidence of tax payment.

Nwachukwu directed that the case file should be duplicated and a copy sent to the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.

‎Child defilement contravenes Sections 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011 and the penalty is life imprisonment.

‎The case was adjourned until May 9.