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16-yr-old-boy arraigned for abusing three-year-old girl

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A SIXTEEN-year-old boy of 16 years old has been arraigned before a FCT High Court Kubwa for sexually abusing a three-year-old girl.

  The police charged the minor, who lives in Jahi, Abuja, with one count of sexual abuse.

 He pleaded not guilty.

   Donaldtus Abah, The Prosecution Counsel, told the court that the defendant sexually abused and exploited a three-year-old in a church in Life Camp, Abuja on Dec. 20, 2020.

  Abah said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 321 (1) of the Child Rights Act 2003 and punishable under section 32 (2) of the said act.

  However, Moses Bature, The defence counsel, told the court he had a motion for bail.

  Bature said the defendant had been on police administrative bail and prayed for the court to allow him enjoy same until his bail application is heard.

  Justice Kezziah Ogbonnaya ordered that the defendant should continue to enjoy the administrative bail since he is a minor and there are no juvenile prisons within the FCT.

  Ogbonnaya adjourned the matter until May 17 for trial.

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