A 51-year-old landlord, Ishola Idris, and his 35-year-old tenant, Linus Okonkwo, were yesterday arraigned before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates Court for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl at his home on Number 30 Celestial road Igando in Lagos state between January this year to August. They were both arraigned before Chief Magistrate Bolanle Olufunke Osunsanmi on a two-count charge of child defilement and sexual assault.
According to the prosecutor, Sergeant Raimi Idowu, the accused persons made their victim a sex tool and threatened to kill her if she told anyone.
The two-count charge against the defendants reads: “ That you, Ishola Idris sometime in January 2017 at 30, Celestial Road, Igando, Lagos did unlawfully defile one 13 years old girl child by having sexual intercourse with her. That you, Linus Okonkwo sometime in March 2017 at 30 Celestial Road, Igando Lagos did unlawfully sexually assault one 13 years’ old by penetrating into her vagina with your penis.”
The prosecutor told the court that the crime was made known after the father of the victim visited the home where his daughter was staying with her guardian who happens to be the brother of the 35-year-old tenant. The victim confided in her father about what the men had been doing to her.
The crime, according to the police, is punishable under Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The defendants pleaded not guilty.
The Chief Magistrate Osunsanmi adjourned the case to October 12th after granting the accused persons N500,000 bail with two sureties each in the like sum.