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​Boy, 16, in court over defilement of neighbour’s daughter

Lagos Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has ordered that a 16-year-old boy, who allegedly defiled his neighbour’s daughter should be charged to court.
He, however, advised parents to always monitor the movement of their female children, stressing that criminally minded neighbours would want to take advantage of the innocence of their children to defile them.
“Parents should show more  concern for their children. Most parents are busy running after money at the expense of their wards. This is why bad neighbours take advantage of their children under the guise of sending them on an errand,” he said.
Based on the directive from the commissioner, the boy was brought before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
The suspect, an apprentice, who resides at No 26, Biyi Adeyemo Street, Igando, a suburb of Lagos, was charged with defiling an eight-year-old girl. 
The prosecutor, Inspector Clifford Ogu, told the court that the offence was committed on July 26, 2017 at the suspect’s  residence in Igando.  Ogu said that the accused called his neighbour’s daughter into his room on the pretext of sending her on an errand.
“The accused allegedly defiled the girl and told her not to tell anyone but the following day when the mother was bathing her the girl was shouting as a result of pains,’’ he said.
The prosecutor said the suspect was arrested based on the girl’s claim.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Taiwo Akanni, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until August 28, 2017 for mention. 

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