A 52-year-old man, Gabriel Olaniyan, was yesterday arraigned at an Ibadan Chief Magistrates’ Court in Oyo State for allegedly defiling a nine-year-old girl.
He was arraigned on a one-count charge of having carnal knowledge of the minor.
The prosecutor, Mrs. Folake Ewe, told the court that the accused, on March 1, about 5 pm, in Alapafon, Ibadan, did have carnal knowledge of the minor.
She said the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 218 of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Vol.II Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. N.A.J. Ogunbona, asked the accused why he defiled the minor, wondering whether it was for ritual or he wanted to marry her.
She asked what the accused used to entice the girl.
Olaniyan claimed it was a mistake, saying he used N10 biscuit to entice her.
The victim’s father, simply identified as Mr. Adeleke, told the court that her daughter was returning from a qu’ranic school when Olaniyan accosted and defiled her.
The chief magistrate condemned those fond of defiling minors, saying they allowed the devil to use them to destroy the society.
She urged parents and guardians to monitor their children and wards.
Ogunbona ordered that the accused be remanded in Agodi Prison pending legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).
He adjourned the case till April 5.