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60- year-old father in court over alleged sexual assault of 8-year-old daughter

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On Thursday, a 60-year-old man, Godwin Anukwa, appeared before a court of the first instance in Ikeja for allegedly sexually assaulting his eight-year-old daughter.

The defendant, whose address was not provided, faces a charge of illegal sexual assault, of which he pleaded not guilty. The prosecutor, ASP,

Peter Nwangwu, told the court that “the defendant sexually assaulted his daughter (the name is omitted) by inserting her finger into her private parts in March at Airport Estate, Isheri, Lagos.”

According to him, the defendant was arrested by the police after the case was reported. He noted that the crime violated Section 261 of the Lagos State Penal Law, 2015 (Revised).

The defendant received bail of N500,000 with two guarantees as part of the conditions. The Chief Magistrate, Ms. Yewande Aje-Afunwa, ordered that the guarantees

be made on a remunerated basis and show evidence of payment of taxes to the Lagos State Government. Aje-Afunwa added that one of the guarantees must be related to the accused.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the section prescribes three years in prison for any offender.