A 75-year-old man, Gabriel Nwakama, who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl, was yesterday charged before the Ikeja Magistrates’ Court 4 in Lagos. According to The Nation Online, the accused, who lives at 4, Oloosa-Oke Street, Ogundimu in Iju-Ishaga, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of assault and defilement.
Prosecuting police officer Racheal Williams said the offence was committed on July 12 in the defendant’s apartment. According to Williams, the accused lured the girl, who went to fetch water in his compound, into his room and raped her.
“The accused covered her mouth and raped her. He told the innocent girl not to tell anyone or else he would kill her. “Out of fear, the girl kept quiet when she got home but the mother who suspected a foul play threatened to beat her if she did not tell her what happened,” she said.
“The girl finally opened up three days after and the accused was arrested.’’ The offence contravenes Sections 135 and 137 of the Criminal Law. The accused pleaded not guilty. Chief Magistrate Tajudeen Elias granted the accused N500, 000 bail with two sureties in like the sum. He adjourned the case till July 22.