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Father remanded in prison custody for defiling teenage daughters at knifepoint

Father remanded in prison custody for defiling teenage daughters at knifepoint

An Ikeja Sexual and Domestic Violence Court has remanded a father, Chukwuma Eze, at the Kirikiri Prisons for allegedly defiling his teenage daughters.

Eze, a resident of 2, Agbeke Close, Iyana-Era, Coker Bus stop, Ijanikin, Lagos, was arraigned on a two-count charge bordering on defilement before Justice Abiola Soladoye.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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According to the prosecutor, Mrs T. Olanrewaju-Daudu, the defendant had unlawful sexual intercourse with his two daughters, aged 16 and 17, several times between 2008 and 2017 at his residence.

The prosecutor further told the court that the defendant started defiling the girls when they were seven and eight years old, after the death of their mother.

“Eze defiled the girls at knifepoint, threatening to stab them if they resisted him or told anyone,” she said.

According to Olarenwaju-Daudu, eight witnesses are scheduled to testify against Eze during the trial, requesting that the defendant who attended Monday’s proceedings from home, be remanded in prison custody.

In granting the prosecutor’s request, Justice Soladoye ordered that Eze be remanded at the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prisons till Oct. 28, when the case will come up for trial.

The accused however broke down in tears on hearing that he was to be remanded in Kirikiri Prisons and begged the court for mercy.

“I was in the police station since, please ma, I have children, some people have been taking care of them, I cannot run,” Eze tearfully told the court.

The prosecutor, however, interjected and said, “My lord, the alleged victims are these same children, he is the biological father of the girls.”

The offences contravene Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, which stipulates life imprisonment.

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