A Togolese herbalist, Friday Samuel, was yesterday docked before an Apapa Chief Magistrates’ Court by the police in Lagos, for allegedly impregnating his 13-year-old daughter.
The Prosecutor, ASP Soji Ojaokomo, told the court that Samuel, who married a woman from Abia State (now deceased), resides at Igbede New Site, Ajangbadi, Ojo, a Lagos suburb.
Ojaokomo said the accused faced a three-count charge of indecent assault, unlawful defilement and impregnating his daughter.
He said Samuel committed the offences at his residence on January 16, 2014, at 8.30 p.m.
The prosecutor said the accused, who is the biological father of the 13-year-old daughter, had been constantly having unlawful s*xual intercourse with her before he eventually impregnated her.
“The accused was fond of fondling with his daughter and constantly having s*xual intercourse with her without the victim’s consent,” he said.
Ojaokomo said the daughter reported the matter to her sister when she could no longer bear the s*xual assault.
The 37-year-old accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 116 (d), 135 and 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Counsel to the accused, Mrs Okafor Ijeoma, pleaded with the court to grant her client bail on liberal terms.
“I don’t think that was what happened.
“According to my client, his late wife’s family wants to use this allegation against him so as to take away their late daughter cum sister’s children from him, since an Ikeja High Court denied them custody of the children some time ago.
“In fact, that is the true position because it is only through the girl that the family can be getting information concerning her father since her younger siblings are too immature to know what is happening with their father,” the accused’s counsel told newsmen.