BY CHINYERE ABIAZIEM
Lagos — One Yusuf Ojuolape, a cobbler, was arraigned at an Ebute Metta Magistrate’s court for allegedly fondling six-yr-old twins (names withheld) severally, thereby causing them injuries.
Yusuf, alongside his friend, Akibu, a bouncer who happened to be neighbours with the girls’ parent at 23, Okearin Street, Lagos Island, were in the habit of calling the twins to their room to assault them by inserting their fingers in their private parts, according to reports.
In addition, it was learnt that their mother simply called Mrs Akeem said she came to know about the assault when she discovered swelling around her daughters private parts, while she was bathing them. After which she asked them what happened and they told her it was Bro Yusuf that has been assaulting them.
On hearing her daughters’ report, she left for Yusuf’s room to confront them but the man was not in the house.
On another occassion when she sent the kids on an errand, they were stopped by Yusuf and his friend who succeded in taking one of them in while the other ran off to alert her mother. Akibu took to his heels when the police arrived the scene while the police succeded in arresting Yusuf.
The prosecutor, Inspector R. Odigie, who said he could not see clearly or understand the medical test report, when the magistrate asked for it, noted that Yusuf committed an offence punishable under section 135 of the criminal law of Lagos state of Nigeria 2003 and demanded that he be remanded in police custody.
The charge sheet reads thus: “That you Yusuf Ojuolape ‘m’ between June 18 and 22, 2013 at 23, Okearin Street, Lagos Island, Lagos in the Magisterial District, did indecently assaulted 6-year-old twins, (names withheld), by inserting your finger into their vargina and causing them injuries and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 135 of the criminal law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2003.”