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Lagos man reported by brother for child rape; faces life imprisonment



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A young man was exposed by his brother after he forcefully had sexual intercourse with a child in their neighbourhood, a police prosecutor told an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Temitope Abubakar, 24, who resides at Lafiaji community in Lekki area of Lagos, is charged with defilement.

Following the prosecutor’s testimony, Magistrate M.O. Tanimola remanded the defendant in a custodial centre.

Mrs Tanimola, who did not take the accused plea, directed the police to send the case file to the state Director of Public Prosecutions for advice.

She adjourned the case until June 9, for further mention.

The prosecutor, ASP Victor Eruada, had earlier told the court that the defendant had sexual intercourse with the minor on February 22, at 1:00 p.m. at Lafiaji, Lekki- Ajah, Lagos.

Mr Eruada said that the minor’s mother had sent her on an errand, and the defendant lured her into his room and defiled her.

“He used a handkerchief to cover her mouth while penetrating her, and afterwards used a knife to threaten her not to tell her parents.

“She ran out afterwards and saw the defendant’s brother, whom she reported to, and they both went to tell her father, who reported the matter to their community people.

“The police were invited and the defendant was arrested,” the prosecutor said.

According to him, the offence contravenes Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The section prescribes life imprisonment for defilement.