A 35-year-old trader, Reuben Odigwe, was on Thursday brought before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly defiling his neighbour’s 7-year-old daughter.
The accused, a trader, who resides at 16, Fatai Close, Balogun Bus stop, Iju-Ishaga, a suburb of Lagos, is being tried for defiling an underage girl.
The prosecutor, Insp. Clifford Ogu, told the court that the offence was committed on Feb. 5, at the residence of the accused.
Ogu said that the accused called the victim, a 7-year-old girl, to his room, under the pretext of sending her on an errand.
“The accused shut the door on her and fingered her vagina,’’ he said.
Ogu said the offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge and the Chief Magistrate, Mrs Taiwo Akanni, granted him bail in the sum of N250, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Akanni adjourned the matter to March 13, for mention.