An engineer with Exxon Mobil who raped a teenager Lagos has been arraigned in court finally
An engineer with a top oil company operating in the country, Exxon Mobil, accused of raping 14-year-old girl in the Ajah area of Lagos State, has finally been arraigned in court by the Zone 2 Police Command after days of playing hide and seek with the law.
The man who has been identified as 42-year-old James Onuoha, who also doubles as the landlord of the house the minor lives with her guardians, was arraigned at an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court on four counts of rape and indecent assault.
The case was brought to public knowledge by Women Association of The Good People, a Non-Govermental Organisation, after Onuoha had allegedly gone to the house located on Samuel Amoore Street, Idowu Estate, Oke-Ira Nla, Ajah, knowing that his tenants would not be at home at the time.
On meeting the girl at home with a three-year-old chil belong to the couple, Onuoha allegedly forcefully had carnal knowledge of her in the presence of the kid who later narrated the incident to the parents when the came back.
Initially, when the case was reported to th police and they invited him for questioning, Onuoha refused to make himself available and it took the intervention of the management of his company before he reported at the station.
In the court presided by Chief Magistrate O.A. Ogunbowale, the police prosecutor, Inspector Asu Feddy, said the offences were punishable under sections 134, 258, 135 and 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.
When the charges were read to him the accused pleaded not guilty and elected summary trial.
His defence counsel asked for his bail in liberal terms, arguing that the offence was bailable.
Ogunbowale, therefore, admitted him to bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties in like sum, adding that he should be remanded in the Kirikiri Prison pending the perfection of his bail.
She adjourned the case till February 23, 2016, for the release of the legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.