The police have accused a 50-year-old man, Okon Etim, of defiling two children of his neighbours aged eight and nine years’ old.
Etim was arraigned yesterday at a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court on a four-count charge of defilement, unlawful treatment and unlawful detainment.
Prosecuting Sergeant Anthonia Osayande told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offences on August 15 at No. 32, Ogunsanmi Street, Itire, around 4pm.
She alleged that Etim, who was a neighbour of the girls’ parents, had sexual intercourse with them at different times.
“Being a neighbour to the girls, who are on vacation from school, and their parents had gone to work, he lured the girls to his room and defiled them.”
The offences, according to the prosecutor, contravened Sections 135(1) 137, and 144(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The defendant pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate Aro Lambo granted him N300,000 bail with two sureties in the like sum, one of whom must be his blood relation, while the second surety should be a civil servant of not less than Grade Level 14.
The case was adjourned till October 5 for advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).