Lagos Magistrates’ Court in Ogba has remanded a lecturer at the Lagos State University of Technology formerly (LASPOTECH) (name withheld) in the custody of Kirikiri Correctional Centre for allegedly defiling his 10-year-old daughter. The accused was also charged with sexual assault and child abuse.
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He was also alleged to have had carnal knowledge of the minor since 2018.
The lecturer was arraigned on a two-count charge last Friday bordering on defilement and sexual assault by penetration before Magistrate Bola Osunsanmi.
When the charges were read, Magistrate Osunsanmi did not take his plea.
She ordered his remand at the Kirikiri Correctional Centre pending the Directorate of Public Prosecution’s legal advice.
A statement by Joke Ladenegan-Oginni for the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) said the lecturer was arrested following a tip off from a Mandated Reporter on the allegation that he was having unlawful sexual intercourse with his biological daughter.
The mother of the survivor reported that her husband stopped being intimate with her in 2018 and anytime she tried to address it, it always resulted in him physically assaulting her.
According to the information the DSVA gathered, the last abuse happened on the 30th of December, 2022. As a result, the DSVA determined that the incident was an isolated event.
Executive Secretary, DSVA, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi decried the rise in cases bordering on Domestic and Sexual violence, particularly, allegations of incest.
Mrs Vivour-Adeniyi urged residents to continue to break the culture of silence by reporting cases of abuse.
She gave assurance that all forms of abuse are crimes against the state and that holistic support would be made available to survivors as perpetrators will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
“We use this medium to reiterate the State Government’s Zero tolerance to all forms of child abuse whilst reassuring all Lagos State residents of the commitment of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in ensuring a Lagos State that is free from all forms of Domestic and Sexual Violence,” Mrs Vivour-Adeniyi said.
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