Police Arraign Bricklayer For Raping 12-year-old Girl

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Tunde Babalola, a 44-year-old bricklayer, has been arraigned by the police in a Lagos Magistrate’s Court, Ogba, for allegedly defiling a 12-year- old pupil.

It was learnt that the victim, who lives in the Mushin area of the state, had returned from school around 2.30pm on October 21, but did not meet her parents at home.

She was said to have approached Babalola, who was working on a building under construction on the premises, to call her parents who were with the key to the house.

According to reports, Babalola told Victoria (the victim) to sit on his laps before he could render any help. He allegedly dragged her to the uncompleted building and raped her.

The police arraigned Babalola on five counts bordering on breach of the peace, assault, and rape.

The charges read in part, “That you, Tunde Babalola, on October 21, 2016, at about 4.30pm, 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 an 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.”

The accused however pleaded not guilty.

The Chief Magistrate, S.B. Bakare, granted the accused bail in the sum of N250,000, with two sureties in like sum.

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