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Police arraigns tricycle operator for allegedly defiling teenager in Osun



Police on Thursday arraigned a 22-year-old tricycle operator, Tomiwa Odeyemi, at the Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun State for allegedly defiling a 17-year-old girl.

The police prosecutor, ASP Emmanuel Abdullahi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on January 29 in the Mayfair area of Ile-Ife.

Abdullahi said the defendant indecently assaulted and had canal knowledge of the victim.

The offence, according to him, contravened section 32(2) of the Child Rights Law of Osun, 2015.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The defence counsel, Mr. Okoh Wonder, urged the court to grant the defendant bail in the most liberal terms.

Magistrate O.T. Badmus granted the defendant bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.

Badmus said the sureties must swear to an affidavit of means, reside within the court’s jurisdiction and the addresses verified by the prosecutor.

He added: “One of the sureties must be a civil servant not below grade level 07 with a three-year tax clearance certificate or deposit N50,000 with means of identification.”

He adjourned the case till July 7 for hearing.

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