A newly married man , Francis Azukwo , is in trouble after he was arrested by the police in Lagos for allegedly defiling a six – year – old girl , Ngozi , in the Ikotun area of the state .
We learnt that the 32 – year -old allegedly penetrated the victim ’ s private parts and anus during the sexual assault which occurred on Owoodu Street , Ijegun .
Our correspondent gathered that Azukwo and the victim ’ s mother were neighbours and had been living together in the house for some time .
Ngozi ’ s mother , Joy, who was pregnant at the time , was said to have been rushed to a hospital in the community where she was delivered of twins .
When she returned home , she reportedly observed that her daughter’ s movement was altered and she checked her private parts .
She reportedly queried the girl on seeing bruises . Ngozi was alleged to have accused Azukwo of defiling her .
The matter was subsequently reported to the police at the Ikotun division and the Akwa Ibom State indigene was arrested .
It was gathered that Ngozi was taken to Mirabel Centre , Lagos State University Teaching Hospital , Ikeja , where tests were conducted on her .
The results reportedly showed that there was penetration and her hymen was broken.
A source said the incident created confusion in the neighbourhood.
She said , “ The two of them are neighbours. The suspect stayed upstairs, while the complainant stayed downstairs . The girl ’ s mother said she had gone to the hospital to give birth , while her husband was away from the house . So , Ngozi was left in the care of a cousin, who was about 16 years old . The cousin was babysitting her .
“ She said when she returned from the hospital , she observed that the girl was not walking properly and she checked her private parts and saw bruises . When she interrogated the daughter, the girl said it was the suspect that defiled her . ”
Joy , who confirmed the source ’ s account of the incident , said she could not tell the motive for the alleged assault , adding that she did not know much about Azukwo .
“ I did not challenge him . I just went to report to the police . He denied the allegation , but my daughter kept pointing at him that he was responsible, ” she added .
The suspect was arraigned before an Ogba Magistrate’ s Court on Wednesday .
However , the Magistrate , Tope Ojo , on seeing the charges , invited the parties into her chamber .
Our source , who was also present at the meeting , said the basic one pupil insisted that the suspect was responsible for the defilement .
He was arraigned on two counts of defilement and indecent assault .
The charges read , “ That you , Francis Azukwo , sometime in the month of September 2017 , at Ikotun , in the Lagos Magisterial District , did unlawfully and indecently assault one Ngozi (not real name ) , thereby committing an offence .
“ That you , Francis Azukwo , on the same date , time and place, in the aforesaid magisterial district , did defile one Ngozi , thereby committing an offence . ”
The police prosecutor , Inspector Clifford Ogu, said the offences were punishable under sections 135 and 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State , Nigeria , 2011 .
The defendant pleaded not guilty and elected summary trial .
The defence counsel , Godwin Ohaekwe , appealed to the court to grant the defendant bail in liberal terms .
Holding a watching brief for the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender was Mrs. Ibukun Ibikunle , who represented the complainant .
The magistrate, Ojo , admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N400 , 000 with two sureties in like sum.
“ One of the sureties must be a level 12 officer in the Lagos State Civil Service and the other must be a registered property owner in Lagos State . The sureties should present evidence of three years ’ tax payments to the state and their addresses must be verified, ” she added .
The defence counsel, Ohaekwe , appealed against the condition of the level 12 civil servant, saying the defendant hailed from Akwa Ibom State and it might be difficult for him to meet such a condition .
The magistrate rejected the appeal and adjourned the case till February 12 , 2018 for advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions .