The Magistrates’ Court sitting in Lagos on Wednesday directed the remand in Kirikiri Prisons of a 36-year-old clergyman, Pope Paul, who allegedly raped and impregnated a 15-year-old girl.
The Prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, informed the court that the offender committed the offense within January and February at his home.
Ayorinde stated that the defendant had a canal understanding of the teenager which sprang into pregnancy.
“The defendant severally had sexual intercourse with the girl who came to spend holiday with his family.
“On returning to her parents, after spending holiday with Paul, the girl’s mother discovered that she was pregnant.
“When her mother queried her, the victim told her that the defendant made love to her on several occasions,” he said.
The prosecutor said that the victim’s mum proclaimed the case and the defendant was detained.
According to him, the assault violated Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the section prescribes life imprisonment for defilement.
She ordered that Paul must be detained till the receipt of legal advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The case was adjourned until August 7 for mention.