.Risks Life Imprisonment –
By Nike Adekunle –
A 43-year-old trader, Hakeem Osho, who allegedly defiled his friend’s daughter was released on a N500,000 bail after he entered a `not-guilty’ plea to indecent treatment of a child and defilement charge. He is a resident of Adedokun Street in Mushin, Lagos.
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court which gave the ruling, also asked the accused to produce two sureties as part of the bail condition.
The Magistrate, Mrs Davies Abegunde, said the sureties must be gainfully employed and should show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Raphael Donny, told the court that the offence was committed on November 1, 2016 at his residence. He said that the accused defiled his friend’s nine-year-old daughter.
“The victim’s father sent his daughter to the accused’s house to collect money. When the girl entered his room, he grabbed her and started sucking her breast.
“He removed her clothes and lay her on his bed with the girl’s leg wide open and he inserted his manhood into the victim’s vaginal. The victim shouted and cried but he used clothes to cover her mouth and penetrated inside her.
“The accused gave her N20 to buy biscuit and begged her not to tell anybody what he did to her,” he said.
Donny said that when the victim got home, her father discovered that the girl was not walking properly and also noticed blood on her clothes.
“The victim’s father noticed that his daughter had difficulty in walking and the girl was crying. He also saw blood stain on his daughter’s dress.
“The victim told her father everything that transpired between her and the accused. The victim’s father picked cutlass and headed to the house of the accused. When the accused sighted him coming with cutlass to his house, he ran away through the window and since then refused to come home,” he said.
According to the prosecutor, the accused, who also abandoned his wife and three children after the incident, was later arrested in Shasha area of Lagos after four months of searching for him.
The offences contravened sections 135 and 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. Section 137 prescribes life jail term as penalty for defilement.
Abegunde ordered the investigating Police Officer to duplicate and forward the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.
The case was adjourned to April 11 for mention.