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Court remands man for allegedly defiling 15-year-old girl

A 27-year-old man, Lukman Salihu has been remanded in prison by a Kwara Magistrate’s court sitting in Ilorin for allegedly raping a 15-year old girl.
Salihu was arraigned on a two-count charge of gross indecency and defilement of minor girl, an offence which contravened Section 285 and 275 of penal code law.
According to the Police First Information Report, FIR, the case was reported at C Division police station, Oja-Oba area of Ilorin, the State capital, by one Adijat Bolanle of Gambari area of the State respectively.
The complainant was said to have reported the matter on July 19, alleging that the suspect had an affair with her under-aged daughter.
According to the FIR, the girl confessed to her mother during interrogation that the accused had “sexual intercourse with her twice in his apartment around Gambari area, Ilorin.”
The chargesheet also stated that the suspect confessed to the crime during preliminary investigation.
When the charges were read, the 27-year-old pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor, Godwin Azua told the court that investigation on the matter was still ongoing and as such prayed the court to remand the suspect so as to prevent him from tampering with Police investigation.
Counsel to the defendant, Mr Olagunju Ridwan asked the court to grant his client bail, arguing that Salihu was presumed innocent until proven guilty by a competent court.
In his ruling, the trial Magistrate J. Salihu ordered the 27-year-old suspect be remanded in the custody of the Federal Prisons, Mandala, Ilorin while adjourning the case till August 3.

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