Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Police arraign man for rape, abortion

A thirty-year-old man, Sherif Afolabi, has been brought before an Apapa Magistrate’s Court for having unlawful carnal knowledge of a 16-year-old girl.

It was learnt that Afolabi defiled the teenager, who was said to be a virgin sometime in December 2013 in the Ilogbo, Ajangbadi area of Lagos.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the girl, who had kept mum about the act, became confused when she noticed that she was pregnant a few months later.

Our correspondent learnt that Afolabi allegedly aborted the pregnancy when the victim informed him of the development.

The victim’s parents, it was gathered, reported the incident at the Ilemba-Hausa Police Division when the girl became unconscious due to the effect of the drug Afolabi gave her.

The defendant was subsequently arrested and arraigned before the magistrate, Mrs. O.I. Adelaja, on two counts bordering on rape and abortion.

The charges read, “That you, Sherif Afolabi, on December 2013, at the Ilogbo area of Ajangbadi, in the Apapa Magisterial District, did have unlawful sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old girl (name withheld) and defiled her virginity, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 137 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

“That you, sometime in 2014, at about 10am, at the Ilogbo area of Ajangbadi, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did unlawfully procure abortion of an unborn child by terminating the pregnancy of a 16-year-old girl (name witheld), and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 234 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.”
Afolabi, however, pleaded not guilty.

He was admitted to bail in the sum of N200,000 with a surety in like sum.

“The surety must tender to the prosecutor, evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government and his/her residential address must be verified,” Ajangbadi added.
The matter was adjourned till December 1, 2014.

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