A2Justice Urges Lagos Attorney General and Lagos C.P to Prosecute Culprit who Defiled 2½ year Old Minor
On the 11th of November 2013, we received information that a girl named Faith Osaghae (2 ½ years old at the relevant time) was sexually molested by a man KEHINDE PAUL LAYODE who had been put in a position of trust over the child. According to the family, the mother of the girl had kept the little child with the defendant and his wife in order to go and buy drugs for Faith as she was running a fever. This was a fairly routine help that Faith’s mother often sought and the defendant and his wife offered. However, on this fateful day when Faith’s mother returned back to the house, she knocked on the door but the defendant told her that Faith was sleeping. She however insisted that the door be opened so that she could administer the drug she had bought. Subsequently, she took Faith home but noticed that there was a thick white fluid coming down her daughter’s legs at which point she raised an alarm. The alarm raised attracted the presence of neighbours who insisted that she report the matter to the police and take her for medical examination. She did these. The case was reported to the Igando Police Station and the police have, after investigations launched a prosecution against the defendant.
The case is presently before the Magistrate sitting at Family Court 6, Ikeja Magistrate Court, Lagos State (Mrs A.A Oshoniyi). The charge against the defendant is that of defilement of Faith Osaghae a 2⅟2 year old child by having sexual intercourse with her on the 12th of January, 2013.
Given the overt and covert efforts to sabotage the case and threats to the life of the family members by unknown persons, we have written to the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Lagos State to take over the prosecution of the alleged crime as provided for under section 211(1)(b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and its equivalent under the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State 2011 which gives him enabling powers thereof.
We expect that given the escalation of crimes of this nature in our society and the traumatizing effect they have on society’s most vulnerable, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Lagos State would take over the case. This is to ensure that justice can be served in this matter and serve as a lesson to others that no person who takes pleasure in exploiting young children will be shielded from punishment.
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