Cleric

Ikeja, April 3, 2019 An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday remanded an Islamic cleric, Morufu Salaudeen, who allegedly defiled his neighbour’s  five-year-old daughter.

Magistrate B.O. Osunsanmi ordered that Salaudeen should be kept at the Kirikiri Prisons, Lagos, pending  advice from the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions.

Thus, the court did not take the  plea of the defendant.

The magistrate adjourned the case until May 1 for mention.

Salaudeen, 28, who resides on Olushola Street, Agbelekale, Aboru, Lagos, was charged  with child defilement.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Raphael Donny, alleged that the defendant committed the offence on Jan. 19, on Joblanso Street, Aboru, Lagos.

“The defendant lured the little girl to the backyard and sexually assaulted her and took away her pants,” the prosecutor said.

He said that the girl’s mother reported the case, and the defendant was arrested.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the alleged offence contravenes Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, and is punishable with up to life imprisonment.

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