The Police in Oyo on Wednesday instituted a criminal charge against a 20-year-old man, Collins Obi, for allegedly sexually abusing a 10 year-old son of his neighbour.

Obi, a teacher with Capstone Mission Academy, Owowaye, Agbokojo, Ibadan, was arraigned before an Iyaganku Senior Magistrates’ court on a charge of unlawful carnal knowledge of a boy.

The Police Prosecutor, Cpl.Oluseye Oyebanji, told the court that Obi had unlawful carnal knowledge of the boy (name withheld), aged 10, on November 6, at about 6pm at his resident No. 10 Oredeyin street, Oke-Ado,Ibadan.

He said, “Obi serves as Lesson Teacher to other children in the neighbourhood who pay N30 daily for the lesson”

“On the fateful day, Obi allegedly called the boy to his room and asked him to remove his trouser, after which he had unlawful carnal knowledge (through anus) of the little boy.”

The prosecutor said Obi thereafter warned the boy not to mention it to anyone, but, the boy told his mother, who reported the matter to the police said

Oyebanji said the offence contravened section 214 of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Vol.II Laws of Oyo state 2000.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the offence when it was read to him in court.

The Senior Magistrate, Mrs Muniràt Giwa-Babalola granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum, and adjourned the case to December 28, for hearing.

If Obi is found guilty of the offence of having sodomy with a minor, he is liable to 14 years imprisonment.

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