A 52-year-old security guard is standing trial on four counts of attempting to defile, sexual assault and defilement of minors in a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State, on Tuesday, 24 June.
Four months passed since Godspower Eva was detained on suspicion of sexual assault and defilement of minors on March 19, 2014. During the first arraignment the case file was duplicated and forwarded to the DPP for advice. Finally, the court had received legal advice from the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions directed that Eva be tried for unlawful sexual assault and defilement of minors.
It was gathered that the accused committed the offences on February 17, 2014 at his residence. He preliminarily conspired with the girls’ 14-year-old classmate, whom he had earlier also defiled, to invite three other 9, 10, and 12-year-old girls to his house with the promise of N100 each.
The matter came to light after one of the defiled girls told her parent about what had happened and the case was reported to the police. However, Eva did not confess to the crime. The offence contravened Sections 409 and 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The defiled minors were sent to the Clinical Psychologist at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos State, for counselling.