A 32-year-old newly married, Francis Azukwo, has been arrested in Lagos State for having carnal knowledge of a minor. The victim is said to be six years old living in Lagos with her parents.

The young man who has been arrested by Lagos state police command is before an Ogba Magistrate court for allegedly defiling a six-year-old girl identified as Ngozi, at their compound on Owoodu street in the Ikotun area of the state.

The police was alerted following an investigation which proved that the said Mr. Francis allegedly penetrated the little girl with his male organ. The victim’s mother was in the hospital giving birth to a baby when the incident happened. The victim was left in the care of her cousin as her father had traveled for work.

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Francis was immediately arrested by the Lagos police command where he denied the allegations. He was yesterday arraigned before the Ogba Magistrate court on two counts of defilement and indecent assault.

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The charge sheet read, “That you, Francis Azukwo, sometime in the month of September 2017, at Ikotun, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully and indecently assault one Ngozi (not real name), thereby committing an offence. That you, Francis Azukwo, on the same date, time and place, in the aforesaid magisterial district, did defile one Ngozi, thereby committing an offence.”

The police prosecutor, Inspector Clifford Ogu, said the offenses were punishable under sections 135 and 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.

The accused, Francis, had pleaded not guilty and through his applied for bail through his counsel. and was granted bail in the sum of N400,000 with two sureties in like sum.

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The case was adjourned till February 12, 2018 for advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions. Francis is to be remanded in prison until he meets his bail conditions.

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