A 16-year-old, Azeez Ganiyu, who allegedly defiled a
two-year-old girl, was on Tuesday arraigned in an
Apapa Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Ganiyu, who resides at Ijora Badia area of Lagos, is
standing trial for child rape.
The Prosecutor, Soji Ojaokomo, told the court that the
accused committed the offence on April 16 at the
Ojaokomo said the accused called the girl and lured
her into a lonely place while her mother went to get
food for her.
Ojaokomo said, “Ganiyu took the girl to an
uncompleted building beside the house and defiled
“Her mother started looking for her child on her
return and she asked her neighbor, who said she left
the girl to play outside with other children.
“The mother said while she was searching for her
child, she heard her screaming from an uncompleted
building beside the house.”
When she got there, she saw Ganiyu satisfying his
carnal desires with the child.”
He said the offence contravened the provisions of
Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
In his ruling, the Magistrate, Patrick Adekomaiya,
ordered that the case file should be forwarded to the
State Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 137
prescribes life imprisonment for defilement of a minor.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the
The magistrate granted him bail in the sum of N50,
000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the
case to May 5 for receipt of legal advice.