Driver remanded over alleged sexual assault on toddler

Driver remanded over alleged sexual assault on toddler

<p class="">A 36-year-old driver, Matthew Abiodun, was on Wednesday remanded at a correctional facility by an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court for allegedly sexually assaulting a four-year-old pupil in a school in Lagos.</p>

<h1>The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Abiodun, a resident of No. 3, David St., Abule Oja, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos, was remanded by Justice Abiola Soladoye following his not guilty plea to a charge of sexual assault by penetration.</h1>

<p class="">According to the prosecutor, Mrs Arinola Momoh-Ayokanbi, the defendant committed the offence on March 23 at the Women Society Nursery and Primary School, University of Lagos.</p>

<p class="">“The defendant is a private driver to one of the parents, and he usually takes his employer’s child and <em>other children to and from the school.</em></p>

<p class=""><em>“The parents of a four-year-old pupil of the school (name withheld) reported to authorities that their daughter had been crying and was experiencing difficulty urinating.</em></p>

<p class=""><em>“Upon enquiries, she revealed that Abiodun had on a number of occasions put his fingers in her private part within the premises of the school whenever he came to pickup or drop off the children.</em></p>

<p class=""><em>“The parents of the child immediately reported to the authorities, and the driver was arrested</em>,” she said.</p>

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<p class="">Momoh-Ayokanbi said that five witnesses would testify against the defendant during the trial.</p>

<p class="">She said that the offence contravened Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.</p>

<p class="">Section 261 prescribes up to life sentence for anyone found guilty of sexual assault by penetration.</p>

<p class="">The judge adjourned the case until Feb. 2, 2020 for commencement of trial.</p>



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