An eighteen-year-old (18) physically challenged girl has been raped In Agege, Lagos State, Nigeria.
One 45-year-old trader, Adesina Adigun, who allegedly raped the physical challenged girl was arraigned and released on a N500,000 bail on the orders of an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The accused, a resident of Ekoro Road, Abule-Egbe in Lagos, is standing trial on a charge of rape.
Adigun, however, entered a `not-guilty’ plea. The Magistrate, Mr T. Akanni who gave the ruling, also asked the accused to produce two sureties as part of the bail condition.
He said that one of the sureties must be a community leader and the other a religious leader and both must be gainfully employed and should show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
According to the Police Prosecutor, Insp. Clifford Ogu, the accused committed the offence on August 21 in Agege, Lagos.
He said that the accused raped an 18-year-old physical challenged girl.
“The accused had canal knowledge of the girl without her consent,” he said.
Ogu said that the accused volunteered to carried the victim when she wanted to cross the road around 9:30pm that day.
“The accused volunteered to carry the victim who was partially lame to cross the road. After crossing the road, he dropped her in an uncompleted building and started removing her pant.
“The girl protested and the accused threatened to strangle her to death if she refused to comply. The girl was crying while the accused forcefully had sex with her.
“Two landlords, who were passing by however heard a cry from the building and decided to check what was going on in there.
“That was how they caught the accused in the act, raised an alarm before the Police were alerted, ” he said.
The offence contravened Section 260 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
Section 260 stipulates life imprisonment for rape, but the case has been fixed for September 19, 2017 for mention.