…Remands 2 teenagers for allegedly defiling 13-year-old girl***
A 27-year-old man, Amah Chima, charged with raping and impregnating an intellectually challenged minor, has been remanded in Ikoyi Prisons, Lagos, pending advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
A Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court which ordered the remand, denied the defendant, of No 14, Abiodun St., Makolo, Yaba, bail, after he had pleaded not guilty.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Oluyemisi Adelaja, ordered that Chima be remanded in Ikoyi prisons and the case file forwarded to the DPP for advice.
Adelaja adjourned the case until Sept. 30 for the DPP’s advice.
Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Mrs Anthonia Osayande, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on July 11 at his residence.
Osayande said Chima lured the 14-year-old girl to his apartment and had carnal knowledge of her.
“The matter was reported at the station after the teenager’s father discovered that she was already six months pregnant,’’ Osayande said.
She said the offence contravened Sections 137 and 138 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
In a related development, an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Friday ordered that two teenagers, who allegedly defiled their friend’s 13-year-old sister, be remanded in prison, pending legal advice.
Chief Magistrate Olufunke Sule-Amzat, who did not take the plea of the defendants, ordered that they should be remanded in Kirikiri Prisons.
Sule-Amzat ordered the police to send the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.
The magistrate adjourned the case until Oct. 14, for further hearing.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, ASP Benson Emuerhi, told the court that the defendants, aged 18 and 19, committed the offence on April 20 and April 27, at about 4 p.m, at Bimbo Marque, off AIT road, Alagbado, Lagos.
Emuerhi alleged that the defendants sexually abused the minor.
He said that the case was reported at the Alagbado Divisional Police Station by the victim’s brother and was transferred to the Gender Section, Ikeja Police Division for further investigation.
The offence, he added, contravened the provisions of Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The case was adjourned until Oct. 14, for further hearing.