An Ikeja, Lagos State Magistrates’ Court on Friday ordered that a 27-year-old man, Oluwatobi Suru, be remanded for allegedly defiling and impregnating a 17-year–old girl.
The Magistrate, A.O. Ajibade, who did not take Suru’s plea, ordered that he be remanded in Kirikiri Correctional Centre.
Ajibade directed the police to send the case file to the state Director of Public Prosecutions for advice.
She adjourned the case until March 3 for DPP’s advice.
The police charged Suru, who resides at Alakoku, Lagos State, with defilement and indecent treatment of a child.
The Prosecution Counsel, DSP Kehinde Ajayi, told the court that Suru committed the offence on October 15, 2021 at Naija Hotel, Alakuko.
Ajayi said that Suru lured the girl to his hotel room and defiled her and the offence had resulted in pregnancy.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that defilement attracts life imprisonment according to the provisions of Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2005.
Indecent treatment of a child attracts a seven-year jail term, according to the provisions of Section 135(1)(2) of the law.