A 31-year-old man, Abayomi Oyedeji, on Tuesday appeared before a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly detaining and defiling two sisters, aged two and four.
Oyedeji, who resides at No.61, Oduselu St., Itire, Lagos, was arraigned on four counts that bothered on unlawful detention and defilement of children.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Anthonia Osayande, told the court that the accused committed the offence at No. 61, Oduselu St., Itire, Lagos, at about 3am on Nov. 13 and Nov.14.
Osayande said that the accused resided at the same address with the parents of the girls.
She said that “the girls’ mother was ill and there was need to rush her to the hospital while the girls were alone in the house.
“The accused, who was a neighbour to the complainant, then unlawfully detained both of them with the intent to have sexual intercourse with them.”
She said the accused unlawfully had carnal knowledge of the girls by defiling the four-year-old girl on Nov.13, but was caught while defiling the younger one the following day.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened Sections 137 and 144 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The accused however pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Senior Chief Magistrate, Mrs Ipaye Nwachukwu, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Nwachukwu said one of the sureties must be a civil servant on not less than salary grade level 14, while the other must be resident in his own building.
She said the sureties should provide evidence of tax payments and that their addresses must be verified.
She adjourned the case until Jan. 25, 2018, pending the advice from the Department of Public Prosecutions.