The Police have arrested a man, David Okorie, for allegedly defiling an 11-year old girl beside the Police Barracks in Lagos.
The incident happened at Highway Patrol Barracks located in Ikeja, Lagos.
The Police did not state if the suspect, Okorie, was a Police officer living in the Barracks and if the victim was a Police officer’s daughter.
However, the Police alleged that the suspect reportedly lured the victim to a corner beside the Barracks, pulled her pant and penetrated her.
While he was still in the act, he was arrested and handed over to the Police for having unlawful carnal knowledge of the 11-year old victim.
During interrogation, the victim narrated to the Police how she was lured to the corner, asked to pull her pant and was eventually penetrated sexually.
The Police found Okorie culpable because of the age of the victim and later charged him before the Ogba Magistrates Court for defilement, which attracts several years imprisonment if he is tried and found guilty before the Court.
The defendant was not granted bail and was remanded in prison custody after the prosecutor, Supol Benson Emerhi, asked the Court to refer the matter to the DPP for advice.
The Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. O. Sule-Amzat, denied him bail and directed the prosecutor to duplicate the file and send to the DPP for advice.
It was gathered that Okorie risks some terms of imprisonment if the DPP finds him culpable and recommends that he should be tried for defilement. The case may also be transferred to the High Court for trial over the alleged offence.
The matter was adjourned till 31st October, 2019, for report of the DPP’s advice to be available.