Cleric remanded in Lagos over alleged sodomy

The Magistrate, B.O. Osunsanmi, who remanded the cleric, said the court could not take his plea as it needed the advice of the state’s Director of Public Prosecutions.

An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Thursday ordered that a 44-year-old cleric, Taiwo Opaleke, charged with defiling a male teenager, should be kept in Kirikiri Prisons.
The Magistrate, B.O. Osunsanmi, who remanded the cleric, said the court could not take his plea as it needed the advice of the state’s Director of Public Prosecutions.
Osunsanmi adjourned the case until February 6 for mention.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Opaleke, who resides at Shomolu, Lagos, was charged on a count of defiling a 15-year-old.
According to the Prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, the accused committed the offence on December 14 at his residence.
The prosecutor said the accused sexually assaulted the teenager by penetrating into his anus in contravention of Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Ayorinde said: “The accused, who leaves in the same area with the boy, invited him to his church, but the boy refused to go.
“The accused came to the boy’s house and took him to his house where he forcefully had intercourse with him.
“The boy told his brother with whom he is staying.
“His brother reported the case, and the accused was arrested.”
NAN reports that the Section prescribes life imprisonment for the offence.
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