10th November, 2010
A businessman, Alhaji Muhammed Abdullahi, 40 has been chargedÂ before the EjigboÂ Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, Nigeria for allegedly abducting an 11-year old girl fromÂ school and raping her.
Alhaji Abdullahi was alleged to have gone to the victimâ€™s primary school (namesÂ withheld) and took her to his house at 20, Olufemi Street, Egan and had carnalÂ knowledge of her.
In her statement to the police, the victim revealed that the accused had been havingÂ sex with her for a long time.
The primary four pupil allegedly told police: â€œWhenever Alhaji have sex with me, heÂ will tell me not to tell anyone and that he will make my parents rich.â€
The lid was blown off the dastardly act when the victim opened up to her mother thatÂ Alhaji Abdullahi has been having sex with her.
The matter was reported to the police and the accused was arrested and charged toÂ court for rape, an offence the police claimed was contrary to Section 218 of theÂ Criminal Code, Cap.17, Vol. 2, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge and the prosecutor, Kunle Shonibare told theÂ court to convict the accused as charged but the mother of the victim wrote a letterÂ asking for the discontinuation of the case.
In her ruling, Magistrate M.B. Folami ruled that since the mother of the victim wasÂ no longer interested in the matter, the court has no option but to strike out theÂ matter and she did accordingly.