Lagos, June 28, 2022
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday ordered that a 38-year-old man, Sola Lawson, who allegedly defiled his 17-year-old daughter be remanded at the Kirikiri Correctional Centre in Lagos.
Police arraigned Lawson of Orimolade Area of Ifako Ijaiye, Lagos State, on a two-count charge of sexual assault and defilement.
The magistrate, Mrs. O.A Layinka, who did not take Lawson’s plea, directed the police to send the case file to the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.
She adjourned the case till July 7 for the advice.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Insp Lucky Ihiehie, told the court that Lawson committed the offence between 2019 and 2021 at his residence.
He said the matter was reported at the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Agency, Alausa, which was told that Lawson unlawfully and sexually touched the breasts of his daughter without her consent.
“He also unlawfully had sexual intercourse with her twice, and her mother, who is aware refused to take any legal action,’’ Ihiehie told the court.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that defilement attracts life imprisonment in the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015, while sexual assault attracts three years imprisonment.
Meanwhile, a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Surulere, Lagos, has ordered that a 53-year-old man, Dauda Jibo, who allegedly defiled a seven-year-old girl in his apartment be remanded in a correctional centre.
Magistrate M. I Dan-Oni, who declined to admit Jibo to bail, ordered that he should be remanded in Ikoyi Prisons.
Dan-Oni, directed the prosecutor to duplicate the case file and forward a copy to the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.
She adjourned the case until July 20 for mention.
Jibo, a resident of No.16 Onakoya St., Sari-Iganmu, Surulere Lagos, is being tried for allegedly having carnal knowledge of a minor.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp Courage Ekhueorohan, told the court that the offence was committed on June 18 at Jibo’s apartment.
Ekhueorohan alleged that Jibo lured the minor into his apartment and defiled her.
The prosecution said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.