The accused forcefully had carnal knowledge of the girl and also threatened to kill her if she dare tell anyone about the crime.
A 29-year-old man, Ismaila Wahab,who allegedly defiled a nine-year-old girl, was on Wednesday released on a bail of N200, 000 on the orders of a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Ikwechukwu , a resident of No. 24, Shonibare St.,Isolo, Lagos, is being tried for a three count charge of indecent treatment, defilement and threat to life.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Anthonia Osayande told the court that the accused committed the offences on April 6 at No. 24, Shonibare St.,Isolo, Lagos.
She said the accused assaulted the underage girl by forcibly inserting his manhood into her private part.
The accused forcefully had carnal knowledge of the girl and also threatened to kill her if she dare tell anyone about the crime he committed, Osayande said.
“The girl’s parents, who reside in the same compound with the accused, reported the case to the police after their daughter narrated her ordeal.”
The offences contravened Sections 56 (1a), 135(1) and 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
The accused pleaded innocence of the offences.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Ipaye Nwachukwu, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum, one of who must be a civil servant of not less than Grace Level 14 while the other surety should be a landlord in Lagos State.
She said the sureties should also provide evidence of tax payment to the government.
The magistrate directed that the case file should be duplicated and a copy sent to the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.
The case has been adjourned until May 30.
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