An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, has ordered that 58-year-old Franklin Adeyanju, be remanded in Kirikiri Prisons for allegedly defiling his neighbor’s 5-year-old daughter.
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The accused who is also a politician, and resides at Tijani Street, Dopemu area of Lagos, is said to have been caught in the act by another neighbour who was attracted by the girl’s screaming.
The prosecutor, Clifford Ogu, had earlier told the court that the offense was committed on February 28, at the accused residence adding that the accused resides in the same compound with the girl’s parents.
He said: “The accused called the girl, a 5-year-old, to his apartment and was fingering her private part when another neighbor, who heard the screaming of the girl, entered the apartment.”
“The accused was caught in the act and the woman, who saw him, shouted in order to attract the attention of other neighbors.”
Ogu stated further that the accused was thereafter brought to the police station, as the offense violates Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2015.
Chief Magistrate, Taiwo Akanni, refused to take the accused plea but ordered that he is to be remanded in prison. He further adjourned the case to April 30, for mention.