Court remands church worker for defiling minor

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An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday ordered that a 32-year-old church worker, Joseph Chidi be remanded in prison custody for allegedly defiling a six-year-old girl.

The accused who resides at 18, Bello-Wosho Street, Ikeja, was brought before Magistrate P. E. Nwaka on a two-count charge of child defilement and indecent assault pleaded guilty to the charge.

The Prosecutor, Inspector Christopher John said the defendant committed the offence on February 11 at 5:30 pm, at a private primary school in Shogunle, Ikeja.

John alleged that Chidi, who works at the Technical Department of the church located inside the school compound, indecently assaulted the girl by fingering her.

The prosecutor added that the defendant also had unlawful sexual intercourse with the minor.

He said the victim was waiting for her mother to pick her in school when the defendant told her to assist him put some materials in the church.

The prosecutor said the girl’s mother later discovered that she had been defiled while bathing her.

“The girl narrated everything Chidi did to her mother,” John said.

The Magistrate, P. E. Nwaka said, the accused will remain in the Kirikiri Prisons until the court receives Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution’s (DPP’s) advice on the case.

He adjourned till March 21.

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