Abuja - Three teenagers, Elijah Adebowale,
Suleiman Balogun and Shefiu Adam, were on
Thursday charged before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’
Court in Lagos over the alleged gang rape of a 13-
year-old girl. Adebowale (15), Balogun (16) and Adam (14), who all resides at the Iju area of Lagos, are being tried on a two-count charge of conspiracy and unlawful carnal knowledge of a minor.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Rita Momah, told the court
that the teenagers and three others, now at large,
committed the offences on Oct. 5, in an uncompleted
building at Olopade St., Iju-Ishaga, Lagos.
Momah said that the accused all conspired to lure the
13-year-old to the building, where the six of them
took turns with her.
She explained that the accused persons spotted the
13-year-old coming out of a church and sent her to
get drinks for them. According to Momah, the accused offered the 13- year-old a bottle of assorted drink that was already spiked and each of them all had carnal knowledge of her. The prosecution submitted that the offences contravened Sections 409 and 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge levelled against them.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 137 prescribes life imprisonment for anyone
found guilty of child rape. The judge, Mr F.A Adeeyo, granted the accused bail
in the sum of N300, 000 each, with two sureties in
like sum and adjourned the case to Dec. 7, for
continuation of hearing.
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