By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
An Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos yesterday remanded a driver, Innocent Agbidi and a commercial motorcyclist, Lateef Adeleke, for alleged rape of two 13-year-old girls (names withheld.) Magistrate A. O. Adebowale remanded both men in prison custody pending legal advice on the allegation from the the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).
Agbidi, 30 and Adeleke, 27 were brought before the court for allegedly forcing themselves on both teenagers on separate occasions.
The three-count temporary charge filed by the police against both men bordered on unlawful defilement and sexual intercourse.
Prosecuting Sergeant Ajaga Agboko told the court that Agbidi committed the alleged offence sometime in August at about 11:40am at Road 45, House G142 Victoria Garden City, Lekki, Ajah in Lagos.
Agbidi, he said, was the driver of the teenager’s aunt.
The prosecutor also accused Okada rider Adeleke of forcible sexual intercourse with another teenage girl in a market on Lagos Island.
“Lateef Adeleke on September 12, at about 4pm at Oja Oba Market in Lagos Island forcibly had canal knowledge of a 13-year-old girl. He had sexual intercourse with her without her consent,” Agboko said.
The offences, he added, were punishable under Sections 137 and 262 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Both defendants pleaded not guilty.
Their counsel, Daniel Abbey and Emmanuel Ubani, moved the court for their bail in the most liberal terms but the court declined their request on the ground of lack of jurisdiction.
“Since this court does not have the jurisdiction to entertain this matter I hereby remand the defendants in prison custody,” Magistrate Adebowale said.
She advised the defendants to apply for bail at the High Court which had the power to hear the case and ordered that the case file be duplicated and forwarded to the DPP.
The case was adjourned till October 5, for mention.