Church usher re­manded for de­fil­ing 5-yr old girl

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - From Eu­gene Agha, Lagos

An Ogba Chief Mag­is­trate Court at the week­end or­dered that a church usher with a Pen­te­costal church, Saviour Udoh, be re­manded for al­legedly de­fil­ing a five-year-old girl.

Po­lice said that the in­ci­dent hap­pened at a parish of the Re­deemed Chris­tian Church lo­cated at Oshi­fila Street, Ani­fowoshe Ikeja, Lagos.

Po­lice said that the vic­tim’s mother had al­legedly taken her daugh­ter for prayer and pro­tec­tion.

The prose­cu­tor, Supol E Ay­orinde, al­leged that the mother of the girl kept her in the church be­fore she went to work with the in­ten­tion that she would be safe.

The Prose­cu­tor told the court that when the girl’s mother came to pick her daugh­ter, she met Udoh with the vic­tim where they were sleep­ing and cov­ered them­selves with clothes.

“When the woman took her daugh­ter home she found out that her daugh­ter was busy putting her hand in­side her pri­vate part. From close ex­am­i­na­tion, she dis­cov­ered that sub­stance sus­pected to be sperm was drop­ping from the girl’s pri­vate part prompt­ing her to sus­pect the ac­cused”, he said.

“The mat­ter was re­ported at MAN Cen­tre Po­lice Sta­tion and Udoh was ar­rested. The mat­ter was later trans­ferred to the Gen­der Sec­tion of the State Com­mand for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions” the Prose­curor added.

The court how­ever re­fused the plea of the ac­cused to be granted bail as the prose­cu­tor in­formed the court that it was a case of de­file­ment which was a cap­i­tal of­fence and needed DPP ad­vice.

Thus, the Pre­sid­ing Mag­is­trate, Mrs. B.O .Osun­sanmi, or­dered him to be re­manded in prison with­out an op­tion of bail.

The court also di­rected the prose­cu­tor to send a du­pli­cate copy of the file to the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions (DPP) for ad­vice.

The mat­ter was ad­journed till Fe­bru­ary 6, 2019 when the court ex­pected the DPP re­port to be avail­able.

Photo: Bene­dict Uwalaka

Hawk­ers along the Lagos- Abeokuta Ex­press­way, by Ikeja Air­port in Lagos at the week­end

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