56-Yr-Old Man Remanded For Raping 13-Yr-Old Girl

A Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Thursday remanded a 56-year-old man, Monday Akpan, for alleged rape on a minor.

Akpan, who resides at No. 14 Omoalade Alafia St., Pedro in Shomolu, Lagos is standing trial on two-count charge of conspiracy and child rape.

Counsel to the accused Emmanuel Bassey, informed the court that he had filed a bail application on behalf of his client.

Bassey pleaded with the court to grant Akpan bail on liberal terms.

The Magistrate, Motolani Ladipo, however, reserved ruling on the bail application till Dec. 9.

Earlier the Prosecutor, Insp Peter Nwangwu, told the court that Akpan committed the offence on Nov. 18 and Nov. 26.

He said the accused took advantage of the 13-year-old girl who had asked him for money.

“Akpan on Nov. 18 and Nov. 26 had sexual intercourse with the 13-year-old in his room after promising to give her money.

He also threatened to kill her if she told anyone about it,” the prosecutor said.

Nwangwu said that one of Akpan’s co-tenants hinted the guardian of the young girl that he suspected immoral relationship between the accused and the girl, after which the case was investigated and reported to the police.

Akpan, however, denied the charges. The prosecutor explained that the offence contravened Sections 409 and 137 of the Criminal Code Laws of Lagos State, 2011.