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Man in court for sexually assaulting minors

By Oghenemaro Eruteyan

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A middle-aged man, Damilare Adekojo, on Tuesday, has been arraigned before an Akure Magistrate Court for alleged sexual assault on five male minors.

The defendant is charged with five counts bordering on sexual assaults

According to the prosecutor, Taiwo Oniyere, the defendant committed the offences between October 2021, December 2022, and February 2023 at about 6:00pm in Bada Community, Ala,  Akure.

The prosecutor informed the court that the defendant indecently assaulted five boys (names withheld) of different ages by masturbating their sexual organs without their consent.

The offences contravened Section 217 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol. 1 Laws of the Ondo State Nigeria, 2006.

When the charge was read, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against him.

Oniyere urged the court to remand the defendant to the correctional facilities and sought an adjournment to familiarise with the case file and prepare his witnesses for trial.

Lawyer for the defendant, Mr. M.A. Fadunmo, while opposing the prosecutor’s application, prayed the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal terms.

Magistrate T. O. Olusola-Olujobi granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Olusola-Olujobi added that the defendant be remanded in the Olokuta Correctional Centre pending the perfection of his bail and adjourned the case till April 2, 2024, for hearing.

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