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Friday, January 15, 2016

Mobil Staff accused of Raping Teenage Girl Arraigned in Lagos

The Zone 2 Police Command has arraigned 42-year-old James Onuoha at an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl in the Ajah area of Lagos State.

He was arraigned on four counts of r*pe and indecent assault.

The Chief Magistrate, O.A. Ogunbowale, however, admitted him to bail in the sum of N2m with two sureties in like sum, adding he should be remanded in the Kirikiri Prison pending the perfection of his bail.

According to PUNCH, the suspect, who's an engineer with ExxonMobil, had visited the victim’s guardian as their landlord. He allegedly entered the room and engaged the 14-year-old in a conversation after which he allegedly r*ped her.

The matter was reported at Lamgbasa Police Division before it was transferred to the Zone 2 Police Command. The police arraigned him on Thursday after investigations.

The Investigating Police Officer, Stephen Agbonedeso, said the incident happened on Samuel Amoore Street, Idowu Estate, Oke-Ira Nla, Ajah.

The charges read in part, “That you, Onuoha James, on January 4, 2016, at about 11.30am, on Samuel Amoore Street, Idowu Estate, Oke-Ira Nla, Ajah, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, willfully did an indecent act to one (name withheld), thereby committing an offence.

“That you did have unlawful sexual intercourse with one (name withheld) without her consent, thereby committing an offence.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges and elected summary trial. His defence counsel asked for his bail in liberal terms, arguing that the offence was bailable.

The chief magistrate, Ogunbowale adjourned the case till February 23 for the release of the legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.

The Director of the Office of the Public Defender, Mrs. Omotola Rotimi, who expressed displeasure at the bail, said the magistrate should not have heard the matter in the first place.

She said the Lagos State Government had taken up the case and would ensure that justice is done.

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