An Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos has ordered a 40-year-old lesson teacher, Faruk Adam, to be remanded in prison for allegedly sexually assaulting nine of his pupils pending legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.

Adam, whose plea was not taken on Tuesday, is standing trial on nine counts bordering on alleged sexual assault on nine of his pupils.

The prosecutor, Sergeant Peace Chukwudi, said the defendant committed the offences between November 2018 and February 2019 at No. 1 Jaiye Balogun Street, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos.

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According to her, the defendant unlawfully inserted his fingers into the private parts of the nine pupils between the ages of seven and 13.

Chukwudi told the court that the defendant sexually assaulted a 13-year-old victim, especially by squeezing her breasts.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened sections 261 and 263 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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Magistrate K. O. Doja-Ojo ordered that the case file be duplicated and a copy sent to the DPP office for legal advice.

She remanded the defendant in prison pending the outcome of the DPP’s legal advice before adjourning the case till March 21 for mention.