21st September, 2012
Lagos State Deputy Governor, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire has ordered fresh medical tests on the eight children allegedly raped by one man in Ayobo area of Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria.
Mr. Temitope Alo, the suspect, raped the eight children at Koloba area of Ayobo recently and was arrested and arraigned in court.
Adefulire is said not to be satisfied with the virginity test conducted on the children by the Ayobo Primary Health Centre, PHC, and wants fresh tests carried out on the children at the State General Hospital.
A top government source told P.M.NEWS that the deputy governor is interested in the case and wants to be sure there was no foul play.
Adefulire wants the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, which she also head, to take charge of the test on the children which would be carried out any moment from now, even as the case is already in court.
Family Court, Court 6, Magistrate Court in Ikeja has sent Alo to Kirikiri Prisons after he was arraigned before the court on Tuesday for allegedly raping the eight children.
The accused was charged with having carnal knowledge of the under-aged children and thus committed a crime punishable under the laws of Lagos State.
After he pleaded not guilty, he was granted bail in the sum of N500,000 and must produce sureties who have houses and landed properties in the area where the crime was allegedly committed.
The sureties must possess international passports, tax receipts and show evidence of working in Lagos State.
When he could not meet the bail conditions, the magistrate ordered him to be sent to Kirikiri Prisons, while the case was adjourned till 10 December.
The accused was arrested on Saturday at Koloba area of Ayobo after the children confessed that he raped them. He was detained at the Ayobo Police Station from where he was taken to court on Tuesday.
The eight raped victims, whose age range from eight to 15 years, were brought to the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, WAPA by the Vice Chairman, Ipaja-Ayobo Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Alhaja Falilat Ajijola , for the state government to take over the case.
Tests earlier conducted on the eight children at the Ayobo-Ipaja Primary Health Centre, PHC, showed that the children were raped.
Chairman, Ayobo-Ipaja LCDA, Alhaji Shakiru Adisa Yusuf said he was shocked when he heard the story of the alleged rape of eight children, saying such a person must be worse than an animal.
“I was shocked because I am also a parent. Why must he go after innocent children? Such people should not live in this community,” he said, adding that the council would pursue the case to ensure that justice was done.