15-year-old dies aborting 5-month pregnancy; lover docked
Written by Taiwo Adediran on June 5, 2015
LAGOS—A 20-year-old man, Sodiq Sulaimon, yesterday appeared before an Ikeja High Court for allegedly procuring abortion for his 15-year-old lover (names withheld), who died in the process.
The defendant is facing a one-count charge of manslaughter brought against him by Lagos State Government, for which he pleaded not guilty.
“Sodiq Sulaimon, on or before December 11, 2012, about 4p.m., at 7 Oriokuta Street, Imota, Ikorodu Lagos, in the Ikeja Judicial Division, did unlawfully killed girl (names withheld) by procuring abortion for her,” the charge stated.
At the resumed hearing, a witness, Sergeant Elizabeth Osikanlu, told the presiding judge, Justice K. A. Jose, that the matter was referred to her after one Femi Adegboyega came to the station to report that the defendant impregnated his niece and gave her drugs to abort a five-month-old pregnancy.