Church Usher Rapes 5-Year Old Girl

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Doctors at Igando General Hospital, Alimosho Local Government Area, Lagos State,  South West Nigeria, are battling to save the life of a 5-year old girl who was  alleged to have been raped by  church usher, Afolabi Steve, 36.

Steve was alleged to have raped the victim (name withheld) and thereafter she  started bleeding and was rushed to the hospital where she is laying critically ill.

Steve, who is the chief usher of a new generation church in Lagos State, reportedly  took the little girl inside his bedroom, covered her mouth with a pillow case so  that she will not be able to cry out  for help .

After the dastardly act, she started bleeding and became unconscious and was rushed  to the hospital.

The incident happened at 7, Atoba Street, Egan, a suburb of Lagos State where the  victim with her parents had gone to visit her grandfather.

The matter was reported at the Igando Police Station and the defendant was arrested  and charged to Ejigbo Magistrate’s Court where he is facing charges of rape and  attempted murder.

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When the matter came up at the court and the charges were read to him, he pleaded  not guilty to the charge.

The prosecutor, Kunle Shonibare, made an oral application of substituting the second  charge of attempted murder and reminded the court that although the offence was a  bailable offence, the court should note tht the offence was a capital offence and  the victim was still hospitalised as a result of the crime.

The presiding magistrate, Mrs. M. B. Folami, noted the application of the prosecutor  to substitute the charge and ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison  custody pending when the second charge will be substituted.

The matter has been adjourned till 26 November 2010 to enable the police to  substitute the charge.

—Cyriacus Izuekwe

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