Court Denies Suspected Rapist Bail

Court Denies Suspected Rapist Bail

An Ejigbo Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Friday refused to grant bail to a 20-year-old man charged with raping a 12-year-old girl.

Umaru Ismail, who pleaded guilty to raping the JS1 student during his arraignment earlier, changed his plea on Friday when the case was called up for facts and sentencing, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The magistrate, Mrs. M. B. Folami, remanded him in prison custody.

“I hereby remand the accused back in prison custody pending doctor’s report on the rape victim,” Folami said.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Oluwafemi Adeleye, had told the court that Ismail forcibly had sexual intercourse with the minor on Nov. 19.

“The accused, who lives at No. 15, Olabisi Olalekan Odo Isan St., Egan, Igando, Lagos, had sex with the girl after she came back from school,” Adeleye said.

He noted that rape contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

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