A commercial motorcyclist, who allegedly defiled and impregnated a 14-year-old girl, was on Monday charged before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
He was, however, granted a N500, 000 bail.
The accused, Monday Magbade, is facing child defilement charge.
He, however, pleaded innocence of the charge.
But the prosecutor, Simeon Imhonwa, said the accused committed the offence between June and July at his residence.
He said the accused was a co-tenant of the girl’s parents when he started sleeping with her.
“Magbade lured the 14-year-old with various gifts and became friendly with her. At a time, he invited her to his room and defiled her while promising to marry her. When he moved out of the house, the accused persistently invited her to his house and continued to defile her. My Lord, the girl is now pregnant,’’ Imhonwa told the court.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.
In her ruling, the Magistrate, Bola Osunsanmi, ordered that the case file should be duplicated and forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.
She also admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two responsible sureties in like sum.
The addresses of the two sureties should be verified and evidence of tax payment must also be provided, she said.
Osunsanmi adjourned the case to Nov. 23 for DPP’s advice.