Police arraign driver for raping mental patient

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The police have arraigned 60-year-old Bankole Lawal before an Ifo Magistrate Court, Ogun State, for allegedly raping a 24-year-old woman, Temitope, in the Ifo area of the state.

Our correspondent had reported that Lawal, a trailer driver, approached Temitope at her home and gave her N200 for food when her husband was not around.

He was alleged to have returned shortly after and raped her.Fatai-Owoseni-690x450

Our correspondent was told that Temitope’s husband, Abdullahi Muhammed, caught the defendant in the act, which led to a fight before the intervention of residents.

The matter was later referred to the police, leading to the arrest of the suspect.

He was arraigned in court on two counts of unlawful sex and action likely to cause breach of the peace.

The charges read in part, “That you, Bankole Lawal,  on October 11, 2016, at about 8.30am, at Truck Yard, Iya Ibadan area, Ifo, in the Ifo Magisterial District, did unlawfully have carnal knowledge of one Temitope, wife of one Abdullahi, in order to offend him, knowing that the woman is married, thereby committing an offence.”

The police prosecutor, Lyda Omotara, said the offences were punishable under sections 231 (2) and 249 (d) of the Criminal Code (Revised Law)of Ogun State, Nigeria, 2006.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge and elected summary trial.

The complainant was represented by two counsel – Taiwo Durowoju and Kunle Jegede — while the accused was represented by Adewale Molade.

The magistrate admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum, adding that the sureties must be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment for one year.

The case was adjourned till November 23, 2016.

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