Rape: Court Remands Man, 22, For Allegedly Defiling 9-Year-Old Girl
Rape: Court Remands Man, 22, For Allegedly Defiling 9-Year-Old Girl

An Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State, on Wednesday, ordered that a  22-year-old man, Charles Ndubuisi, who allegedly defiled a nine-year-old girl be remanded in prison, pending legal advice.

Concise News reports that the police charged Ndubuisi, whose address was not provided, with indecent assault.

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Chief Magistrate F.A. Azeez, who did not take the plea of the defendant, ordered the police to send the case file to the office of the State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.

She adjourned the case until August 15 for mention.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Sgt. John Iberedem told the court that the defendant committed the offence sometime in June, at Ogunwemoju Street; Kokoro Abu area of Ikorodu, at about 6: 50 p.m.

Iberedem said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant is liable to life imprisonment if found guilty.

Sexual assault occurs commonly worldwide and is particularly pervasive in the developing world.

Data available suggests that in some countries, one in five women report sexual violence by an intimate partner and up to a third of girls report forced sexual initiation.

Sexual assault encompasses a range of acts, including coerced sex in marriage, rape by strangers, organized rape in war, sexual harassment (including demands of sex for jobs or school grades), rape of children, trafficking of women and girls, female genital mutilation, and forced exposure to pornography.

Africa is said to have the highest prevalence rate of child sexual abuse at around 34.4 per cent.

Findings from a National Survey carried out in 2014 on Violence Against Children in Nigeria confirmed one in four females reported experiencing sexual violence in childhood with approximately 70% reporting more than one incident of sexual violence.

In the same study, it was found that 24.8% of females’ ages 18 to 24 years experienced sexual abuse prior to age 18 of which 5.0% sought help, with only 3.5% receiving any services.