A magistrate’s court sitting in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital on Wednesday arraigned a 19-year-old boy, Tope Anisere, for allegedly fondling a three-year-old girl (name withheld).
The accused person was arraigned by police on a count charge of indecent assault before Magistrate, Mrs. Kehinde Awosika.
The police prosecutor, Sergeant Olubu Apata, said the accused person committed the offence on 3rd January, 2020 in Otun Ekiti, Moba Local Government Area.
According to police prosecutor, the accused person put the toddler on his laps and romanced her without penetration.
He said it was the girl that reported the accused to her mother which led to his arrest.
Apata said the offence contravened Section 360 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
The prosecutor urged the court to adjourn the case to enable him study the file and assemble his witnesses.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge read to him.
His counsel, Mr. Abiola Gboyega, urged the court to grant his client bail and promised that the defendant would not jump bail.
The Magistrate Awosika, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N50,000 with one surety.
Awosika said the surety shall be a blood relation to the accused.
The Magistrate subsequently adjourned the case until February 10 for hearing