A 35-year-old businessman, John Okwuchukwu, was yesterday charged before a Lagos Chief Magistrate Court, sitting at Ebute Metta, for allegedly raping and impregnating a 13- year-old girl.
Okwuchukwu, a resident of 5, Abiodun Olawunmi Street, Ayobo, Ipaja, Lagos, was arraigned before the court on two count charges of unlawful sexual intercourse, and sexual activity with the minor without consent.
The prosecutor, Mr. Etim Nkankuk, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, informed the court that the crime was committed between June 24 and August 28, at the residence of the accused.
He said that the accused and the parent of the victim were neighbours.
The prosecutor said he used the opportunity that he lives in the same neighbourhood with the victim’s parents to have sexual intercourse with the victim severally. He added that the victim did not tell her parents of the unholy relationship, but the victim’s mother later discovered and took the victim to hospital for medical checkup, where her pregnancy was confirmed.
The prosecutor said the victim’s mother later reported the case at the police station and the accused was arrested.
Nkankuk said that the offence contravened Section 137 and 263 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges but promised to take care of the victim.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. A. A. Demi-Ajayi, admitted the accused bail in the sum of N500, 000, with two sureties in like sum.
She ordered that the two sureties must deposit the sum of N30, 000, each, into account of the Chief Registrar of the Lagos State.
Demi-Ajayi also added that the court’s prosecutor to duplicate the case file and forward it to the Director of Public Prosecution’s office.
She adjourned the case till December 17, for DPP’s advice.