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61-year-old woman among prostitutes arraigned before a court in Lagos

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A 61-year-old woman, Theresa Odega, alongside four others who were allegedly engaged in prostitution, were on Wednesday, November 25 arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrates Court in Lagos.

Other accused were: Helen Ugwu (33), Chika Okoro (40), Roseline Jebba (43) and Sandra Akomake (58). They are standing trial on a charge of prostitution.

Ugwu, Okoro, Jebba and Akomake pleaded guilty to the offence, while Odega pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The prosecutor, Nicholas Akeene, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Nov. 24, at about 11.00 p.m. at Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Akeene said the accused unlawfully engaged in prostitution. The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 142 (1) (a) (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

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The Magistrate, S. K. Matepo, remanded four of the accused who pleaded guilty to the charge in prison custody and admitted Odega to bail in the sum of N50, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Matepo said the sureties must be gainfully employed and must produce evidence of tax payment. She said the addresses of the sureties must be verified and adjourned the case till Nov. 30, for facts and sentencing.

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