A 24-year-old man, Sodiq Afefelaye, on Tuesday appeared before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court in Lagos for allegedly raping a 17- year-old girl.
The accused, whose residential address was not given, is facing a two-count charge of unlawful carnal knowledge and sexual assault.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Ajaga Agboko, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Freeman Str., Lagos, between 10 and 10.30 a.m on Sept. 17 while everyone was away.
Agboko said that the defendant sexually assaulted and molested the victim, inflicting her with injuries.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Magistrate, Mrs O. A. Ogunbowale, ordered the defendant to apply for bail at the High Court, explaining that the magistrate’s court did not possess the jurisdiction to grant her bail.
She adjourned the case to Nov. 2 while the court is awaiting legal advice from the office of director of public prosecution.
Rape contravenes provisions of Sections 137 and 261 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.