A 23-year-old unemployed man, Chibueze Amechi, was on Thursday remanded by an Ikorodu Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State for allegedly abducting and defiling a 16-year-old girl.
Amechi of no known address, is facing a two-count charge of abduction and defilement.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.B. Olagbegi-Adelabu, who did not take the defendant’s plea, ordered that he should be remanded at the Kirikiri custodial facility.
She ordered that the case file should be sent to the State Director of Public Prosecutions for advice.
Olagbegi-Adelabu adjourned the case until October 12 for mention.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Mrs Olawunmi Osibanjo, the court that Amechi committed the offences on July 24 at about 6:00 p.m. at Evergreen Road, Araromi area of Imota, Ikorodu, Lagos.
Osibanjo said that Amechi abducted the 16-year-old from the custody of her parents to his house for one month.
The prosecutor also said that the accused person had carnal knowledge of the girl in contravention of Sections 269 and 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
In another development, the Adamawa Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA) has confirmed that no fewer than five persons have been swept away by flood in different parts of the state.
This was made known by the Executive Secretary of ADSEMA, Dr Suleiman Muhammad, on Thursday.
Muhammad said many homes and business premises in Fufore, Yola South and Mubi South Local Government Areas had also been affected by the flood.
He advised residents of riverine communities in the state to be more vigilant following the recent closure of the Lagdo dam in Cameroon.
The agency recently held a stakeholders meeting, where it urged residents of flood-prone communities to relocate to safer places, he said.
Muhammad said the sensitisation campaigns concerning the flood were still ongoing across the 21 local government areas of the state.
“Residents of flood-prone areas are advised to adhere to the instructions given by experts. They have to be very vigilant.
“More rain will fall, we cannot say that it is over yet. People must be safety conscious,” he said.
The ADSEMA boss expressed the commitment of the agency to effectively perform its role of managing emergency situations in the state.