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An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, on Tuesday ordered the remand of a 45-year-old man, Ganiyu Afolabi, for allegedly impregnating a 16-year-old girl. The Chief Magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, ordered that the accused should be held in prison custody until Sept. 9, when the court would deliver its ruling on his bail application.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Jimah Iseghede, told the court that the accused, who lives at 9, Ayinde Close, Meiran, a suburb of Lagos State, is facing a three- count charge of sexual assault, defilement and attempt to procure abortion.

Iseghede said that the alleged offences were committed sometime in May 2015 at the accused residence. Iseghede alleged that the accused had called the 16-year-old victim to his room under the pretext of sending her on an errand and defiled her.“And the victim told the accused that she had missed her monthly flow, he procured a drug for her to use but the girl told his mother and the accused was apprehended,” the prosecutor said.

He said the offences contravened Sections 137, 145 and 259 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.