Abuja - Three teenagers, Elijah Adebowale, Suleiman Balogun and
Shefiu Adam, were on Thursday charged before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in
Lagos over the alleged gang rape of a 13-year-old girl.
Adebowale (15), Balogun (16) and Adam (14), who all resides at the Iju area of
Lagos, are being tried on a two-count charge of conspiracy and unlawful carnal
knowledge of a minor.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Rita Momah, told the court that the teenagers and three
others, now at large, committed the offences on Oct. 5, in an uncompleted
building at Olopade St., Iju-Ishaga, Lagos.
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Momah said that the accused all conspired to lure the 13-year-old to the
building, where the six of them took turns with her.
She explained that the accused persons spotted the 13-year-old coming out of a
church and sent her to get drinks for them.
According to Momah, the accused offered the 13-year-old a bottle of assorted
drink that was already spiked and each of them all had carnal knowledge of her.
The prosecution submitted that the offences contravened Sections 409 and 137 of
the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The accused persons pleaded not guilty
to the charge levelled against them.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 137 prescribes life
imprisonment for anyone found guilty of child rape.
The judge, Mr F.A Adeeyo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N300, 000
each, with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case to Dec. 7, for
continuation of hearing.