A Lagos-based lawyer (names withheld) was yesterday caught fondling a nine-year-old girl’s breasts and private part in the premises of Tinubu Magistrate’s Court, Lagos.
Vanguard reports that the victim, who just arrived Nigeria from England, followed her grandmother, who had a civil case in court and needed a lawyer. A court clerk was said to have directed the girl’s grandma to the said lawyer. The lawyer allegedly deceived the little girl to a deserted area around the court premises and fondled her.
It was however the cry of the little girl that attracted the grandmother, who on seeing her, asked her asked her happened. The little girl pointed at the lawyer, saying he fondled her breast and also touched her private part. Eye witnesses in the court premises made it known that the lawyer was seen walking around the court premises with the little girl and when he was asked who the girl was to him, he said she was his daughter.
He was also alleged to have carried the girl on his laps and gave his mobile phone to her to play with, while he was busy touching the girl’s sensitive parts. Another eyewitnesses said it was when the girl started crying and went to report to her grandmother, who started slapping the lawyer that they got to know what happened.
The noise, which disrupted the court proceedings, brought the matter to Chief Magistrate K. B. Ayeye’s attention.
The little girl was said to have told the Chief Magistrate what the lawyer did to her. The magistrate ordered that the lawyer be taken to Lion Building Police Station, Lagos Island, and when Vanguard visited the station, a police source said that Assistant Commissioner of Police had taken over the matter and also confirmed the presence of the lawyer at the command.
Just recently, a 28-year-old man, Azeez Abdullahi, was remanded in prison by a chief magistrates’ court for allegedly raping his 12-year-old sister-in-law