A 22-year-old man, Emmanuel Chukwu who allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl, has been arraigned before, Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.Chukwu, whose address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge of assault and defilement to which he pleaded not guilty. The prosecutor, ASP Thomas Nurudeen, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Nov. 10, 2018, at 11:30 p.m. at No. 16, Anthony village, Lagos.
Nurudeen said the accused had unlawful carnal knowledge of the girl and told her not to inform anyone about what he had done.“The complainant started noticing some changes in her body and had to confide in her older sister who then discovered that she was pregnant.“My Lord, when the girl told him about the pregnancy in the presence of her sister, he beat her up for telling her sister about what had transpired between him and the girl,” he said. According to Nurudeen, the girl (victim) was not the first person the accused had defiled in his (accused’s) neighborhood.
The offences contravene Sections 137 and 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 with Section 137 stipulating life imprisonment for offenders. Chief Magistrate, Mrs K.B. Ayeye in her ruling, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two responsible sureties in like sum. Ayeye said that one of the sureties should be related to the accused while both sureties should show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government. She adjourned the case until March 4 for mention.