Monday, 20 March 2017

Suspected child defiler gets N500, 000 bail

A 32-year-old man, Chibuike Marizu, who allegedly defiled an 11-year-old girl, was on Monday released on a bail of N500, 000 on the orders of a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Marizu is facing a charge of defilement to which he pleaded not guilty before ‎Chief Magistrate Ipaye Nwachukwu.
‎She said one of the sureties must be a civil servant of not less than Grade Level 14, while the other surety must be a landed property owner in Lagos with an evidence of tax payment.
Nwachukwu directed that the case file should be duplicated and a copy sent to the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Anthonia Osayande had told the court that ‎ the accused committed the offence at No. 3, Yinka Bello St., NEPA Bus Stop in Ejigbo area of Lagos at about 8.00 a.m. on Feb.23.
‎She said the accused, whose shop is located at No. 3, Yinka Bello Street, sent the 11-year-old girl on an errand and on her return, he closed the door of the shop and assaulted her sexually. ‎
‎Osayande said the girl reported the incident to her mother which led to the arrest of the accused.
‎The offence contravened Sections 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.‎
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the section prescribes life imprisonment for child defilement.‎
‎The case was adjourned until May 9. 



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