A 50-year-old, Okon Etim, who allegedly defiled two minors of ages eight and nine years, was on Thursday granted reprieve by a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
He was released on a N300,000 bail.
The accused pleaded not guilty to a four-count charge bordering on defilement, unlawful treatment and unlawful detainment.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Anthonia Osayande, told the court that the offences was committed on Aug. 15 at No. 32, Ogunsanmi St., Itire, Lagos, at 4.00 p.m.
She alleged that the accused, 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 and their parents had gone out to do their various jobs, he lured the girls to his room and defiled them.”
The offences contravened Sections 135(1) 137, and 144(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Magistrate Aro Lambo granted the accused bail in the sum of N300, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Lambo said one of the sureties must be a blood relation of the accused, while the second surety should be a civil servant of not less than Grade Level 14.
In addition, the sureties are to provide an evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The magistrate adjourned the case until Oct. 5 pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions