6th September, 2012
A 50-year old truck driver, Segun Balogun has been arraigned before an Ejigbo Magistrate’s court in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, for allegedly defiling a 5-year old girl (name withheld).
He allegedly raped the victim and infected her with sexually transmitted disease (STD).
The defendant, who is a widower, allegedly took the victim to his house at 1, Araromi street, Ejigbo, Lagos and raped her.
Balogun was charged before the presiding Magistrate, Mrs. M. B. Folami on a two-count charge of having carnal knowledge and putting his finger inside her private part.
The court denied him bail and ordered him to be remanded in prison custody.
The matter was prolonged because the victim’s mother was persuaded by the police at Ejigbo division to withdraw the matter until WAPA, Alausa intervened.
Balogun allegedly locked the victim inside his one-room apartment laid her on his bed, and started putting his finger inside her vagina.
After that, he reportedly attempted to force his penis after robbing cream inside her vagina and he injured her in the process. She started crying for some time and he allowed her to go.
Narrating what happened, the victim told P.M.NEWS that she, with other children were playing outside when Balogun invited them into his room.
She said when they entered Balogun sent other children on an errand and locked his door while she was inside.
She said Balogun carried her and laid her on top of his bed and removed her pant and inserted his manhood into her private part.
She said because she was crying continuously as a result of the pain and bruise, Balogun left her and opened the door and let her go.
She did not tell her mom what happened. Rather she told her younger brother, who reported it to their mom.
The girl’s mother told P.M.NEWS that she got to know that Balogun raped her daughter when the victim’s younger brother told her about it.
Balogun was arraigned on Wednesday on a two-count charge of unlawful carnal knowlede and fingering contrary to the Criminal Code Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria.
He pleaded not guilty.
His counsel applied for his bail which was opposed by the prosecutor, Oladejo Balogun.
Balogun told the court that the offence the defendant committed was a serious one, adding that if he was granted bail and he went back home, it will have serious negative consequence on the society.
The court noted that the offence was a bailable one but used its discretion to deny him bail because of the impact in the society. The court adjourned the matter till 10 and 12 September, 2012 for trial.