Crime

Court orders remand of 21-yr-old over murder charge

An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court yesterday granted N500,000 bail to a man, Kenneth Abuya, who allegedly impregnated his 10-year-old daughter.

Chief Magistrate B.O. Osunsanmi also directed that Abuya should produce two sureties in the like sum.

She ordered that the sureties must be property owners in Lagos State and should have evidence of tax payment.

Osunsanmi said  she needed advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) before going on with the case.

The magistrate adjourned to February 2.

newsmen  reports that Abuya, who lives in Egbeda, Lagos, is standing trial on a count charge of defilement.

The prosecutor, Mr Simeon Imhonwa, said the accused regularly had sexual intercourse with the minor at his residence.

“The accused forcefully had carnal knowledge of his child on November 29 at his residence and threatened to kill her if she should tell anyone about the crime,’’ Imhonwa said.

“The accused had been defiling the girl before he was apprehended.

“The victim’s mother reported the case to the police after their daughter narrated her ordeal,” he added.

The offence contravenes  Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

The accused pleaded not guilty.

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