For allegedly raping an eight-year-old girl, a Magistrate Court sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital has remanded a 19-year-old apprentice, Babatunde Bobola, at the Correctional Centre.
It was gathered that the defendant committed the offence on March 24, 2021, at Odige Street, Akure.
According to the State Prosecutor, O. F. Akeredolu, the defendant had carnal knowledge of an eight-year-old girl and was charged with rape by men of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, codenamed ‘Amotekun’.
The charge read: “That you, Babatunde Bobola, did have carnal knowledge of an eight-year-old girl on or about March 24, 2022, at approximately 16:00 hours, at Odige Street, Akure, a place within the criminal jurisdiction of this Honourable Court”.
The prosecutor noted that the suspect violated sections 357 and 358 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. 37, Vol. 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
Giving the severity of the defendant’s crime, Akeredolu requested that the suspect be remanded in custody at the Correctional Centre, which was backed by an affidavit.
The defendant’s plea was not accepted due to a lack of jurisdiction.
The defendant was remanded in the Olokuta Correctional Centre by Magistrate N.K. Aladejana pending legal advice from the Department of Public Prosecution, DPP, while the matter was adjourned until June 13, 2022, for further mention.
This is coming a day after the Operatives of Department of State Service (DSS) paraded a nursing mother among six-man syndicate that specialised in kidnapping of toddlers between the ages of two and four years in Ondo State.
Niger Delta Connect reports that the Director of DSS in Ondo State, Jonathan Kure, while parading the suspects at the headquarters, explained that the syndicate had been terrorising the state, noting that, following the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari and the support of its Director-General and support of Ondo State government, launched a track down of the suspects.
He noted that the nursing mother who was a member of the kidnap syndicate, also helped keep weapons for the syndicate and was a wife to one of the arrested kidnappers, stressing that the operation was carried out in synergy with the men of the Nigerian Army and appreciated the collaboration amongst the security agencies in Ondo State.