23rd October, 2013
The Nigerian police in Lagos on Wednesday arraigned a 34-year-old man, Omowuyi Kelvin, over alleged rape of a 25-year old girl he met on Facebook.
Kelvin, who was charged before an Isheri Magistrates’ Court, lives at Shangisha, a suburb of Lagos.
He is facing a two-count charge of rape and stealing.
The prosecutor, Insp Nurudeen Thomas, told the court that the accused committed the offences at 8.00p.m., on 15 October at his residence.
“The accused invited his victim all the way from Benin to Lagos.
“On arrival, the accused unlawfully detained her for five days in a room, had carnal knowledge of her and stripped her of N5,000, among other valuables,” he said.
He said that the offences contravened Sections 285 and 258 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Section 258 provides for life imprisonment for rape, while Section 285 prescribes three years imprisonment for theft.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.
Senior Magistrate Adejumoke Olagbegi-Adelabu granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
She adjourned the case till to 27 October for substantive trial.
On 22 July, 2012, Cynthia Osokogwu, a post-graduate student of Nasarawa State University and a clothing retailer was murdered in Lagos by friends she met on FaceBook.
They lured her to a hotel in FESTAC Town, drugged and raped her before she was murdered.