Jegede Folorunsho, a 54-year-old man, has been remanded at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre for allegedly defiling an eight-year-old girl in the Mushin neighborhood of Lagos State. The defendant was charged on Monday with the defilement of the minor before Magistrate O.M. Ajayi, who presided over a Magistrate Court in the Ebute Metta area of the state.

Folorunsho is accused of sexually assaulting the victim, as stated by the police prosecutor, Paul Ugorji. The alleged crime is said to violate Section 137 of the Lagos State Criminal Law of 2015.

The charge reads, “That you, Jegede Folorunsho, on October 4, 2023, at No 4 Adegbite Lane, Mushin Lagos State, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did defile one girl (name withheld), a minor of eight years, by having carnal knowledge of her and thereby committed an offense punishable under Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.”

The defendant’s plea was not taken. The magistrate granted the police’s application and ordered that the accused be remanded at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre. The court further directed that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) be consulted for legal guidance on the case file. The case is adjourned to December 15, 2023, for a report on the DPP’s advice.