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A 27-year-old teacher, Benjamin Ibu, who allegedly defiled a four-year-old girl, was on Friday charged before a Surulere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Ibu, whose address is unknown, is facing a charge of defilement.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Anthonia Osayande, told the court that the accused committed the offence on February 28, at Lovedo City School, Ajah, Lagos. She said the accused took the minor to a secluded area and defiled her.
“It was the security guard that caught the teacher in the act and the case was immediately reported to the police.”
The offence contravened Section 259 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The offence carries a life imprisonment. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate, Mrs Ipaye Nwachukwu, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Nwachukwu said one of the sureties must be a civil servant on Grade Level 14, while the other surety should be either a community leader or a cleric.
In addition, she said the sureties should show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government. The magistrate ordered that the case file should be duplicated and a copy sent to the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.
The case was adjourned to May 9.