A 75-year-old man, Gabriel Nwakama was on Thursday charged before Ikeja Magistrates’ Court 4, Lagos State for allegedly defiling a 13-year-old girl.
According to the prosecutor, Rachael Williams, the accused, who lives at 4, Oloosa-Oke Street, Ogundimu in Iju-Ishaga, a suburb of Lagos State, is facing a two-count charge of assault and defilement.
The prosecutor told the court that the offence was committed on July 12 at the apartment of the accused.
According to Inspector Williams, the accused lured the girl, who went to fetch water at his compound, into his room and defiled her.
“The accused covered her mouth and defiled her. He told the girl not to tell anyone or else, he would kill her.
“Out of fear, the girl kept quiet when she got home but the mother, who suspected a foul play, threatened to beat her if she did not tell her what happened,” she said.
“The girl finally opened up three days after and the accused was arrested.”
The offence contravened sections 135 and 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused pleaded not guilty.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case to July 22 for mention.