Sexual abuse of children is increasing and it is not only the girl child that is at risk, advocates have warned. 

In Lagos, a 17-year-old student, Gbenga Ajayi, allegedly had anal sex with a 10-year-old boy.

He has been remanded in prison on the orders of an Ikorodu Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.

Chief Magistrate F. A. Azeez gave the ruling on Friday after the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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Ajayi, who resides at Immaculate Street, Baiyeku, Ikorodu, is standing trial on a charge of sexual assault by penetration.

Earlier, Police Prosecutor, John Iberedem, told the court that the accused committed the offence on March 15 on a football field in Baiyeku area of Ikorodu.

“The accused was playing football with the 10-year-old boy and other students and when others left the field, he grabbed the boy and dragged him to the fence before assaulting him.

“When the boy got home, he told his parents. The accused was interrogated and the case was reported to the police, who arrested him," the News Agency of Nigeria quoted him as saying.

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The offence contravened Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 and it prescribes a life imprisonment for offenders.

The case was adjourned until May 5.

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