21-year-old arraigned in court for raping 14-year-old girl

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Two suspects were on Friday arraigned before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly abducting and raping a 14-year-old girl.


The accused, 21-year-old Praise Essien and a 17-year-old boy (names withheld) are residents of Irepodun Close, Shasha, a suburb of Lagos.

A three count charge of conspiracy, abduction and rape was preferred against them.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Raphael Donny, told the court that the offences were committed between Jan. 31 to Feb. 1 at the residence of the accused.

“The accused abducted the victim, a 14-year-old girl, on her way home at Bester St., Akowonjo, Lagos, and took her to their residence.

“The second accused, the 17-year-old boy, was the one that raped the girl,” he said.

Donny added that the girl was later released the next day.

The offences contravened Sections 259, 267 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Davies Abegunde granted the accused N100,000 bail each with two sureties in like sum.

Abegunde adjourned the case to March 16 for mention.

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