55-year-old man allegedly rapes teenage girl in Lagos

A 55-year-old welder, identified as Abayomi Johnson, on Tuesday was arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly defiling a 14-year-old girl.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Emmanuel Ajayi, narrated to the court that the defendant committed the offence on March 4 at his residence in Meiran area of Lagos State.

He disclosed that the defendant had carnal knowledge of the teenager, NAN reports.

“The defendant got into the girl’s room, forcefully removed her clothes and started having sexual intercourse with her.

“The girl shouted for help continuously and luckily, somebody heard her voice and rushed to the room.

“She was rescued, the case was reported and the defendant was arrested,” the prosecutor said.

The prosecutor said the Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, attracts life imprisonment if the accused is found guilty.

The Magistrate, O. Ogunsanya, who did not take the defendant’s plea, in ruling, instructed the prosecutor to duplicate the file and send it to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.

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Ogunsanya ordered that the suspect be remanded at the Kirikiri Correctional Centre and adjourned the case until Dec. 7.

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