14-year-old boy docked for alleged Rape

By Salami Ongundare, Abeokuta
A 14-year-old boy, name withheld has appeared before an Ota Senior Magistrates’ Court in Ogun state for allegedly raping a seven-year-old girl, name also withheld.
The accused, a resident of No. 6, Ifelodun Community, Oke-Ore, Atan, Ota, is facing a charge of defilement.
The prosecutor, Chudu Gbesi, told the court that the accused committed the offence on April 2 at 11.30 a.m. at his residence adding that the accused had an unlawful carnal knowledge of the seven-year-old girl.
Mr. Gbesi said that the offence contravened Section 32 of the Child Right Law, Law of Ogun, 2006.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Senior Magistrate, S. O. Banwo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
He said that the sureties must be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment to the Ogun Government.

Mr. Banwo also ordered that one of the sureties must be closed relation of the accused while the other must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction.
The case was adjourned till May 9 for hearing.


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