The police in Ogun on Monday arraigned a 62-year-old man, Alabi Ibrahim, before a Magistrate court in Abeokuta, Ogun State, for allegedly defiling his 10-year-old step daughter.
The suspect was arraigned in Court 4 before Magistrate M.O Olayinka in a case with charge number MA/918c/2012 brought against him by the Ogun State Commissioner of Police.
The suspect had earlier evaded arrest when police attempted to interrogate him and allegedly took refuge in the home of a top politician in the town.
He was however later arrested, interrogated and subsequently charged to court.
A Non-Governmental Organisation, Child Protection Network, had reported the alleged crime against the 10-year-old girl to the police.
During interrogation, the victim was said to have told the police that the suspect had had sex with her on several occasions.
“Daddy always come when Mummy is not around, and always tell me not to tell anybody or else I would die,” she told police.
The 10-year-old victim was in court in company with her mother during the arraignment of the suspect where the one count of having unlawful carnal knowledge of the girl was read to the suspect.
“That you Alabi Ibrahim, ‘m’, on or before September 2012, at Rounder, Soyoye area, Abeokuta in the Abeokuta Magisterial District, did have unlawful canal knowledge of Oluwadamilola Ayoola ‘f’ 10 years,” the charge read.
The suspect was said to have committed the offence “contrary to and punishable under section 218 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006.”
Olayinka, however, remanded the suspect in prison and adjourned hearing of the case to November 29, 2012.