A primary school proprietor, Joseph Ogunleye, was on Thursday charged before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos over alleged defilement of two pupils in his school.
Ogunleye, 56, whose address is unknown, is standing trial on a charge of defilement.
According to the prosecutor, Insp. Rita Momah, the accused committed the offence on June 27 at Ijegun, Ikotun, Lagos, western Nigeria.
She alleged that the accused unlawfully defiled an eight-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl who were pupils in his school.
“A nearby shop owner heard the two girls telling their friends about how their school proprietor touched their private parts and that they cannot tell their parents.
“The 10-year-old explained how the accused had carnal knowledge of her, while the 8-year-old also admitted that he did the same thing to her.
Ogunleye, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate, Mrs O. A. Erinle, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N500,000, with two sureties in like sum.
The case was adjourned till Oct. 26 for trial.