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I only touched her private parts, I didn’t penetrate – Motorcyclist arrested for defiling seven-year-old cousin

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Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a commercial motorcyclist , Itoro Udoh , for allegedly defiling his seven – year – old cousin .The victim is the daughter of Udoh ’ s elder brother .

City Round learnt that Udoh , his brother , the girl , her stepmother and stepbrothers lived in an apartment comprising a living room and a bedroom in the Yaba area of Lagos .

While the couple slept in the bedroom , 25 -year – old Udoh , the minor and her stepbrothers shared the living room.

On the night the minor was allegedly assaulted , the suspect was said to have returned home drunk and met the children asleep. He reportedly undressed the girl and had sex with her .

The victim was said to have screamed , waking up her stepmother who took her to the bedroom . It was learnt that her father was not around that night.

Our correspondent gathered that when the stepmother probed into the reason why she had screamed , she revealed what Udoh did to her .

The stepmother thereafter reported the incident to the police at Sabo Police Station and Udoh was apprehended . The case was later transferred to the Gender Unit of the state police command in Ikeja . The stepmother told the police that by the time she got to the living room that night in response to the scream , she met the victim naked and Udoh half – naked.

She said , “ We live in an apartment with a bedroom and a parlour . The parlour is very big so we partitioned it with a curtain . The children slept on one side while Itoro ( Udoh ) slept on the other side . Itoro came back from work that night. Around 1 am , I heard my stepdaughter screaming . I stood up and rushed to check on her . I met her on the bed naked. I checked where my husband ’ s brother was and saw him half – naked. Initially, when I asked the girl what happened , she was afraid to talk . I asked her who removed her clothes and she said it was Uncle Itoro . She told me Uncle Itoro put his manhood inside her ‘ bumbum’ ( private parts ) . My husband was on duty that night .

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“ In the morning , she complained that she could feel pain in her ‘ bumbum’ . When I checked her private parts , there were bloodstains there . I called my husband on the phone and informed him about it . Then I reported the matter to the police. The girl is seven years old . ”

In his statement , Udoh denied that he penetrated the minor . He , however , admitted to have touched the minor ’ s private parts . The native of Akwa Ibom State blamed his action on drunkenness .

He said , “ I came to Lagos in November 2018 and started living with my elder brother . I stayed with his wife and three children . I am an okada rider ( commercial motorcyclist ) and I operate around Ojuelegba . It was my brother who bought the motorcycle for me.

“ I got home around 11 pm. I was already drunk. I shared a room with my brother ’ s children . When I entered , I removed the girl ’ s pants and put my finger in her private parts . The girl shouted and my brother ’ s wife rushed in . I did not penetrate her , I only used my finger . My brother ’ s wife asked me what happened but I did not answer her . I was arrested by the police the following day . ”

The suspect was subsequently arraigned at an Ogba Magistrates ’ Court on one count of defilement.

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The police prosecutor , Inspector Benson Emuerhi , told the court that the offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015 .

The charge read , “ That you , Itoro Udoh , on January 15 , 2019 , at 3 am , in Yaba , Lagos , in the Lagos Magisterial District , did unlawfully defile a seven – year – old girl , thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015 . ”

The prosecutor also tendered a remand application to the court , detailing how Udoh allegedly committed the offence .

The application prayed that the defendant be remanded in Kirikiri prison and the case file be duplicated and sent to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions for legal advice .

The presiding magistrate , Mrs O. Sule -Amzat , did not take the plea of the defendant .

She held that Udoh be remanded in prison custody pending the outcome of the DPP ’ s advice and adjourned the case till April 8 , 2019 .

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