By Chinyere Omeire
A Muslim man said to be a cleric, Ishaq Gbadegesin, who allegedly fingered his daughter’s private part, was on Tuesday granted N100, 000 bail by an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
Gbadegesin, 43, who resides at No. 8, Humuani St., Shomolu, Lagos, pleaded not guilty to a two-count charge bordering on sexual assault.
The Magistrate, Mrs A. O. Awogboro, also granted him two sureties in like sum.
She said that the sureties must be gainfully employed, their addresses be verified and one of them must be a blood relation to the accused.
Awogboro adjourned the case till Dec. 14 for mention.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sgt. Innocent Odugbo, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Nov. 7, at 4:00 p.m. at his residence.
He said that the accused sexually assaulted his 15-year-old daughter by putting his fingers into the private part of the girl.
“The accused also indecently assaulted his daughter by asking her to rub his penis at nights,” Odugbu said.
He said that the offences contravened Sections 136 and 261 Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
It would be recalled that a 58-year-old man identified as John Ofuegbu was on March 10, sentenced to two years in prison by a High Court in Port Harcourt.
Ofuegbu was convicted after being found guilty of sexually abusing and exploiting his ten year old biological daughter, Ebubechukwu Ofuegbu.
Ebubechukwu in her testimony had told the court that her father had canal knowledge of her three times; twice in his room at home and once at a hotel in Trans Amadi, Port Harcourt.