By Bartholomew Madukwe
A 44-year-old bricklayer, Tunde Babalola, has been charged before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court, Ogba, for allegedly defiling a 12-year-old pupil.
The suspect was arraigned on five-count charge of breach of peace, assault and rape.
The charges read in part: “That you, Tunde Babalola, on October 21, at 4.30p.m., in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conduct yourself in a manner likely to cause breach of the peace by molesting a 12-year-old girl, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 166(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
“That you, on the same date, time and place, in the aforesaid magisterial district, did have unlawful carnal knowledge of one 12-year-old girl, knowing that it is wrong, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 259 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.”
However, the defendant pleaded not guilty before the presiding magistrate, S. B. Bakare, and was granted bail in the sum of N250,000, with two sureties in like sum.
It was gathered that the victim, who lives in the Mushin area of the state, had returned from school around 2.30p.m. on October 21, but did not meet her parents at home.
She was said to have approached Babalola, who was working on a building site on the premises, to call her parents who were with the key to the house.
The suspect was said to have told the girl to sit on his laps before he could render any help. He then allegedly dragged her to the uncompleted building and raped her.
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