Pharmacist, 2 others Appear in Court for Assaulting Minor

One Mr. Ijezie Chidiebere(24), who claimed to be a pharmacist  and two others were arraigned by the police before an Ebute-Metta Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos for alleged indecent assault on a-14 year-old girl.

The two other defendants are, Okechukwu Ezea and Chikezie Ejesi, who are both 25 years old.

According to the charge sheet number FCL/46/2013 prepared by the police, it was alleged that the three defendants had committed the offence on August 3, 2013, at 8, Kekere-Ekun Street, Orile-Iganmu, at about, 9.00pm.

They were alleged to have conspired together to have canal knowledge of their victim, who was sent to buy some pharmaceutical drugs, without her consent and in the process inflicted injuries on her.

The court was told that the defendants invited the girl inside and gave her concoctions of olive oil to drink, under the pretence of cleansing her of demonic spirit and therein had unlawful canal knowledge of their innocent victim.

The trio were also alleged to have conducted themselves in a manner that was likely to cause breach of peace by falsely addressing themselves as pastors, gathered people inside the Chemist’s shop and ordered them to call the victim all sort of derogatory names, such as witch, wizard and demon possessed girl, all under the pretence of cleansing  her spiritually.

The prosecutor Sergeant Quasim Adams, who held brief for Corporal Anthonia Osayande (Mrs.), told the court that the offences allegedly committed by the defendants contravened sections 409, 137 and 166 (1) (d) of criminal laws of Lagos state of Nigeria, 2011, and section 247 (b) of the criminal code of laws Cap ‘C38, laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004. After listening to the charge proffered against them, the trio pleaded not guilty to all the counts.

The three defendants were represented by Mr. Peter Omoludun, Ikechukwu Onodi and Ike Okafor, respectively as their counsel.

In his submission, Ike Okafor, told the court that the parties in the case were at the verge of settling the matter, but police only charged the accused to court to wash off their hand from the case.

However, dissatisfied with the submission of the defence counsel, presiding magistrate, Ogundare, asked the victim if she was molested by the accused and the 14 years old victim answered in affirmative.

Ogundare, admitted the defendants bail in the sum of N100, 000, with two sureties each. He ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed, but not self-employed and must produce evidence of three years tax payment to Lagos state government.

In view of the nature of the case, the magistrate directed the police to transfer the case to Family Court at Surulere for proper adjudication, while the matter is adjourned till September 24, for mention.

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