Lagos – 23-year old man lures 15-year old To Suck His Penis, Remanded In Prison

A 23-year old man, Emmanuel Pine who lured a 15-year old girl (names
withheld) into his room to suck his penis has been arraigned before a
Cele Magistrates’ court in Lagos charged with indecent assault.

P.M.NEWS
learnt that Pine lured the girl, who live in the building with the
girl’s parents at Akanro Street, Ilasamaja, Lagos to his room while
pretending that he wanted to send her on an errand.

But when the teenager entered his room, he undressed and allegedly asked the girl to play with his penis and to also suck it.

She
later found her way out of the room and wept profusely. Her cry
attracted neighbours who sought to know what her problems was.

The girl narrated what transpired inside Pine’s room.

It was learnt that when the girl’s parents returned from work, neighbours informed them about their daughter’s ordeal.

Her
parents then reported the matter at Itire police station. Pine was
arrested and taken to the police station for interrogation.

The
police later arraigned Pine before the Cele Magistrates’ court. The
prosecutor said the offence is contrary to and punishable under section
484 of the Criminal Code cap 17 Vol. II laws of Lagos State, 2004.

When
the charge was read to him, Pine pleaded not guilty. The presiding
magistrate Mrs. C.T. Adesola Ikpatt admitted him to bail in the sum of
N35,000 with one surety in like sum.

The court ordered that Pine
be remanded in prison custody at Kirikiri, Apapa, Lagos pending when he
will perfect his bail conditions.

—Cyricus Izuekwe

source: http://pmnewsnigeria.com/2011/08/22/man-lures-teenager-to-suck-his-penis-remanded-in-prison/

Questions for discussion:

1) In Nigeria, at what age is a child considered a minor and at what age does he / she become an adult?

2) Nigeria is a very religious state: while we permit child-labor, we consider it wrong to corrupt an already corrupted child. Please note, I do not approve of Mr. Emmanuel’s actions, but a 15-year old(averagely an SS-1(senior secondary school -1) student), resident in Lagos state, grown up in Nigeria is not a child by our economic standards(in my opinion). A 15-year old is an adult in this part of the world.

If I were the police, or the neighbors who first got information about Mr. Emmanuel’s actions, I would first call the parents / guardians of the child into serious questioning; I would interrogate the so called child herself, perhaps it was not her first time to do such, especially with all the prostitution rings around Lagos, enticing all sorts of people.

3) Nigerian courts never cease to amaze me. What is NGN35,000 (thirthy five thousand Naira) as bail? this just means Mr. Emmanuel could have bail himself out and be on the run before the next court sitting, if he had the money.

And while a politician who abducted 8-solid adults was released because he was a politician, (his own case didnt even get to court), a man of 23 is thrown in jail because of his own wrong acts, can we call a spade a spade in Nigeria and treat everybody equally?

4) With pornographic movies sold openly, side by side with Mount Zion movies, I sometimes wonder if there is any law anywhere that bans/allows such things. And if there is a law allowing pornographic material for adults, what is the government doing to make sure that such material is not publicly available for children? 

Walk into any movie store in town and you would find children drooling and window-shopping over pornographic movie DVDs. Walk into any cyber-cafe in town, you would find 12-year olds looking at very disturbing pictures.

I visited a cafe sometime ago in Abuja, I saw a very young girl(not yet 18 in my opinion), all decked up, makeup from head to toe, wearing a low cut blouse, sitting in a posture to give complete view to her frontlights, with a head-set and smiling in front of a web-cam. Looking closely, it was some Oyinbo man’s smiling face – back on the cam.

I walked up to the cafe-attendant behind the counter to point out what was going on. She went like: “ehen, but she paid, what can I do”? Honestly, I was speechless.

5) Parents, watch your children o.

your comments and opinions are welcome!