Nduka Anyanwu, a 48-year-old pastor, has pleaded guilty to defiling and impregnating two teenage sisters, before a Yaba chief magistrates’ court in Lagos.
NAN reports that Anyanwu, who is facing a two-count charge of defilement, confessed to committing the crimes on Wednesday.
Following his guilty plea to both charges, A. Adedayo, the chief magistrate, remanded the defendant in a custodial center and adjourned the case to September 15, for facts and sentencing.
Roman Unuigbe, the police prosecutor, had earlier told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in June at Oshodi area of Lagos.
He said that the defendant, who is a pastor, had slept with the two sisters — aged 17 and 13, respectively (names withheld) — on several occasions and impregnated them.
According to him, the defendant had allegedly defiled the sisters at the church complex, under the pretext of holding prayer sessions with them.
Unuigbe added that the offences contravene section 137 of the criminal law of Lagos state, 2015.
Section 137 stipulates life imprisonment for the offence of defilement of a minor.
The development comes at a time when there are growing concerns over cases of rape in the country with vivid accounts by alleged victims of sexual assault dominating social media platforms.
Vera Omozuwa, a student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), had died from injuries sustained after she was attacked and raped.
Barakat Bello, an 18-year-old girl, was also raped and murdered at her father’s home in Ibadan, Oyo state.
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