Septuagenarian man in court for allegedly raping teenager

"Out of fear, the girl kept quiet when she got home but the mother who suspected a foul play threatened to beat her if she did not tell her what happened," she said.

Septuagenarian man in court for allegedly raping teenager

A 75-year-old man, Gabriel Nwakama, who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl, was on Thursday charged before Ikeja Magistrates' Court 4.

The accused, who lives at 4, Oloosa-Oke St., Ogundimu in Iju-Ishaga, a suburb of Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of assault and defilement.

Prosecutor Racheal Williams told the court that the offence was committed on July 12 at the apartment of the accused.

According to Insp.Williams, the accused lured the girl, who went to fetch water at his compound, into his room and raped her.

"The accused covered her mouth and raped her. He told the innocent girl not to tell anyone or else he would kill her.

"The girl finally opened up three days after and the accused was arrested.’’

The offence contravened Sections 135 and 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused pleaded not guilty.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, granted the accused a bail of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case to July 22 for mention.

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