Driver remanded for allegedly raping landlord’s 16-year-old daughter



A Kaduna magistrates’court on Friday remanded a driver, Amos Luka, 33, for allegedly raping his landlord’s 16-year-old daughter.

The Magistrate, Umar Ibrahim, who did not take the defendant’s plea, ordered that he (Luka) should be kept in correctional facility pending advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Ibrahim adjourned the case until Jan. 17, for mention.

The defendant, a resident of Idoma Road, Hayin Bakin, Kaduna State, is facing a charge of rape.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Chidi Leo, had told the court that the victim’s parents reported the matter at Kawo Police Station on Dec. 2.

Leo said that on the same date at about 6.00pm when the landlord’s 16-year-old daughter was taking her bath, the defendant, who is a tenant in the house, forcefully open the bathroom.

“The defendant then cover her mouth with his hand and forcefully had unlawful carnal knowledge of her before she was rescued by the mother who came back from the market,” he said.

The prosecutor noted that the offence contravened Section 258 of the Kaduna State Penal Code, 2017.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 258 of the Penal Code prescribes life sentence for rape.

Edited by: Tayo Ikujuni/Tukur Muntari.




Driver bags 15 years jail term for raping employer’s 17-year-old daughter



An Ikeja Special Offences Court has sentenced a driver, Francis Apai, to 15 years imprisonment for raping his employer’s 17-year-old daughter in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Sherifat Solebo sentenced Apai after finding him guilty of a one-count charge of sexual assault by penetration.
“The defendant, Francis Apai, is hereby sentenced to 15 years imprisonment without an option of fine,” the judge said.
The Prosecutor, Ms Iyabode Oshodi, had told the court that the driver, who resides at No. 129, Aina street, Isheri, Lagos, committed the offence on Nov. 19, 2014, at the complainant’s home in Lagos.
During the trial, five witnesses, including the complainant, her father and a medical doctor, testified for the prosecution, while Apai testified solely in his own defence.
While being led in evidence by the prosecution on Jan. 7, the complainant gave a harrowing account of how she was violently attacked and raped by Apai, who was her mother’s driver.
“My mother is a businesswoman; he (Apai) also usually drives my father whenever my mother was not around and he takes me and my younger brother to school,” she said.
The complainant said that on the day of the incident, she was at home alone because her parents had taken her younger brother, who had fallen ill at about 3 am. that morning, to the hospital.
She told the court that while she was preparing a meal in the kitchen, the driver approached her with a knife and threatened to harm her if she refused to accede to his sexual demands.
She said that when she put up a resistance, the driver dragged her to a bedroom in her home where he continually punched, strangled and raped her.
The victim told the court that she had to run out of her home stark naked to escape her attacker.
“When I ran out naked, my neighbour downstairs saw me and asked me to come into her house but I refused because Francis was with a knife and I was scared that he might come into the house and attack me.
“I ran across the street to another neighbor, with blood streaming down my legs and they gave me a wrapper to cover myself up.
“My neighbours took me to the police station and the hospital,” she narrated.
Also testifying on Jan. 7, the complainant’s father, a clergyman, said that after hearing the news of his daughter’s rape, he returned home.
He said that he noticed that Apai, while fleeing after the attack, had left his boxer shorts (underwear), his pair of slippers, a wrap of sweet and half-smoked cigarette in the home.
A medical doctor, Dr Olusegun Bankole of Alimosho General Hospital, while giving evidence on Nov. 21, 2019, had said that the complainant lost her virginity as a result of the forced penetration.
The doctor said that the physical examination conducted on the teenager revealed that she had also suffered multiple bruises around her neck and defensive wounds around her two hands.
While being led in evidence by the defence counsel, Mr Qudus Mumuni on Jan. 8, Apai denied raping his employer’s daughter.
He said that the complainant had, through three phone calls, invited him to her home.
Apai said that when he got to his employer’s house, the complainant made a meal for him and while he was eating the meal, she showed him some photos and videos she had downloaded on her new mobile phone.
“While I was done with the food, she told me to take a proper look at the photos she had downloaded. While I was looking at the photos and films, I got to a part where I saw XXX, which were porn videos.
“When I decided to look at one of the porn videos, she snatched the phone playfully that she did not want me to see the videos.
“After a while, someone opened the kitchen door and I left through the front door. Because that day was a work-free day for me, I went back to my house and later the day, I went to a viewing centre,” he said.
Apai told the court that while he was at the viewing centre, he was informed by another driver that he was accused of rape and was arrested on Nov. 20, 2014 by a group of youths.

Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Driver in court for reckless driving, causing an accident



The police  on Thursday, arraigned a 46-year-old man, Stephen Otaido, at a Life Camp Magistrates’ Court, Abuja for alleged reckless driving and causing an accident.

The police charged Otaido, who lives in Efab Estate, Life Camp, Abuja, with  three counts of causing motor accident by dangerous driving, driving without due care, attention and driving without valid licence.

The Prosecution Counsel, Peter Ejike, told the court that on Feb. 16 at about 6.30 pm, the defendant drove a Toyota Sienna vehicle, with registration number GGE 49 EA, on the Life Camp/Efab  Road.

The prosecutor alleged that the defendant drove the said vehicle in a manner that was dangerous to other road users by swerving from his lane, causing a collision.

Ejike said the defendant caused N1.9million damage on the vehicle he hit.

He said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 28 of the Road Traffic Act,  and sections  21  and 10 (1) of Road Traffic Law.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Magistrate Chinyere Nwecheonwu admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500,000, with one surety in like sum.

Nwecheonwu ordered that the surety must be a civil servant who should provide his or her first appointment letter, last promotion letter, confirmation letter as well as identification card for citing and verification by the court officials.

The magistrate adjourned the matter until June 8, for hearing.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Driver bags death sentence for murder in first virtual court sitting in Lagos



Justice Mojisola Dada of an Ikeja High Court has sentenced a driver, Olalekan Hameed, to death by hanging in the first virtual court sitting held by a Lagos court as part of social distancing measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Justice Dada sentenced Hameed to death by hanging for the Dec. 1, 2018 murder of 76-year-old Mrs Jolasun Okunsanya, the mother of his employer, Adetayo.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the court session was held online via the Zoom App.

Hameed, participated from the Ikoyi Correctional Centre, Lagos, while his counsel and the prosecution team led by Lagos State Solicitor-General Ms Titilayo Shitta-Bey, participated in the session remotely from different locations.

Judicial Officers including Justice Alogba, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye, Justice Josephine Oyefeso, Justice Sherifat Solebo, Justice Afeez Dabiri, Justice Roli Harriman also observed the proceedings virtually.

The state’s Attorney-General & Minister of Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) and some senior members of the bar including Mrs Funke Adekoya (SAN) Mr Tayo Oyetibo (SAN) and Mr Olukayode Enitan (SAN) also observed the proceedings.

The proceedings were approved by Chief Judge, Justice Kazeem Alogba, in line with the Lagos State Judiciary Remote Hearing of Cases COVID-19 Pandemic Period Practice Direction.

Delivering thee judgment, Justice Dada said: “It is also an established fact that although the defendant went to the house of the crime to steal.

“The surprise of the deceased stumbling upon him led him to not just pushing the deceased, but actually strangulating her in a bid to keep her from crying out.

“The case is clear, I have not found any contradiction with the evidence of the prosecution witness that can be deemed material or weighty enough to cast any doubt on the case of the prosecution against the defendant in this case.

“The facts of the case are incompatible with the innocence of the defendant but rather his guilt on the two-counts. The defendant is hereby found guilty of this count two of murder and is hereby convicted as charged and accordingly sentenced to death.

“The sentence of this court upon you, Olalekan Hameed, is that you be hanged by the neck until you be pronounced dead and may the Lord have mercy upon your soul. This is the virtual judgment of the court.”

NAN reports that Hameed was arraigned on March 6, 2019 on a two-count charge of murder and stealing in a suit with charge no. ID/9006C/2019.

According to the prosecution, the convict committed the offence at about 12:30pm at plot 83, Owukori Crescent, Alaka Estate, Surulere, Lagos.

Hameed plead not guilty and trial commenced with the witnesses testifying on behalf of the prosecution.

Exhibits were tendered during the trial including the coroner’s report, the allegedly stolen N97,500 and 117 dollars recovered from the defendant as well as his confessional statement.

Hameed, testifying in his defence during the trial, denied killing the deceased.

“The only money I took was the N1,000, any other money I don’t know about it. I did not kill Mrs Jolaso Ogunsanya,” Hakeem told the court during the trial.

Edited By: Salif Atojoko (NAN)

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Driver in court for allegedly raping woman, stealing 120,000 from her



A driver, Femi Olofin,42, who allegedly raped a 33-year-old woman and stole 120,000 from her on Friday appeared in a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ebute Meta, Lagos State.

The police charged the defendant with four counts of conspiracy, theft, obtaining under false pretences and rape.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Kehinde Olatunde,  told the court that the defendant committed the offence in October 2019, at No. 6, Taiwo St., Isheri Olofin, Lagos.

Olatunde alleged that the defendant raped the woman,33, and also stole N120,000 from her.

The offence, contravened the provisions of sections 260, 285, 314 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Chief Magistrate A.O. Komolafe admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties each in like sum.

Komolafe adjourned until April 14 for mention.

Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Sadiya Hamza

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