Man ‘rapes’ 11-year-old girl

Prosecutors failed to attend Tuesday’s hearing at the federal high court in Lagos, having previously failed to present some of their witnesses in a case that had been adjourned on several occasions.

An Ikeja Magistrates Court on Tuesday ordered that a 41-year-old trader, Oladeji Ojo, be remanded for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl.

The police charged Mr Ojo, who resides in Ajasa Command of Agbado Oke-Odo, Lagos State, with defilement.

Magistrate A.O Layinka, who did not take the plea of Mr Ojo, ordered that he should be remanded in Kirikri Correctional Centre.

Ms Layinka, however, directed the police to send the case file to the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.

She adjourned the case until November 29 for DPP advice.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Lucky Ihiehie, told the court the trader committed the offence on August 7 at Meiran, Alagbado, Lagos State.

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He said that Mr Ojo lured the girl into an uncompleted building and raped her.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Newsmen report that the section prescribes life imprisonment for defilement.

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