Court grants usher N1m bail on charge of defilement in church

The accused pleaded not guilty to a one-count charge of defilement of a six-year-old girl.

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Olise, whose address was not provided, pleaded not guilty to a one-count charge of defilement.

The Chief Magistrate, Ipaye Nwachukwu, ordered the accused to produce two sureties in like sum.

Nwachukwu said one of the surety must be a property owner in Lagos State, while the other must be a civil servant on grade level 14.

She said the sureties must provide evidence of tax payments to the government, and adjourned the case till Jan. 19, 2017 for mention.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Anthonia Osayande, told the court that the accused committed the offence at a church at Ajah-Lekki Area in Lagos at about 6.00 p.m on Oct. 21.‎Osayande said the accused, who was a church worker, was in church and he saw the six-year-old girl passing and he called her into the church where there wasn’t anybody around and defiled her.‎She said that the girl knew the man as the church was their family church and that was why she comfortably entered the church with him.‎

The offence contravened Sections 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.

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