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Lagos Court Remands Clergyman For Allegedly Defiling 7-year-old Girl

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A Yaba Magistrates’ Court in the Sabo area of Lagos on Monday, ordered that a clergyman, Augustine Igboayaka, who allegedly defiled a seven-year-old girl, be remanded in a correctional centre.

The police charged Igboayaka with defilement and sexual assault.

The Prosecution Counsel, Insp Magaji Haruna told the court that Igboayaka committed the offence sometime between 2019 and 2020 in Iba area of Lagos.

Haruna said Igboayaka had sexual intercourse with the seven-year-old girl.

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The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 137 and 263 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

He said section 137 of the criminal law stipulates life imprisonment for the offence of defilement of a child while section 263 carries three years jail term for sexual assault.

Magistrate O.Y. Adefope, who did take the plea of Igboayaka, in ruling ordered that he be remanded in Ikoyi Custodial centre, Lagos State, pending legal advice from the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).

She adjourned the case until Nov. 24. NAN reports.

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Hammed Tajudeen is the editor in-chief of Blaze News, holds Higher National Diploma(HND) in Mass Communication, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.

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