Blind man remanded for defiling 13-year-old girl in Lagos


Francis Ugachukwu, a visually impaired man, has been ordered to be held in the Kirikiri Correctional Centre for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl whose identity is being protected.

Justice Abiola Soladoye of the Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court decided to keep the defendant in custody until the bail application is heard and filed.

The case has been adjourned until October 18 for the hearing of the bail application and the commencement of the trial.

Mr. Ugachukwu was formally charged with one count of defilement.

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The state counsel, Abimbola Abolade, stated that the defendant allegedly committed the offense in November 2022 at No. 16 Kareem Giwa Street, Abule-Osun, Ojoo in Lagos..

The prosecution stated that this act is in violation of Section 137 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

If found guilty, the offense carries a punishment of life imprisonment.

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