Mechanic docked for raping girl at knife-point

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A 20-year-old generator mechanic, Samson Ogunbanjo, who allegedly raped a 15-year-old girl at knife-point and threatened to kill her, was on Wednesday brought before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The accused, who resides at No. 9, Agric Road, Abule Egba, a Lagos suburb, is facing a two-count charge of rape and threat to life.

The accused committed the offences on April 12 at No. 7, Ayinde St., Iju Isaga, a Lagos suburb, according to Prosecutor Clifford Ogu.

Ogu said the girl, who was returning home from school, was accosted by the accused who took her to his friend’s house before raping her.

“He brought out a dagger and threatened to stab her if she refused to `cooperate’ with him.

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“She was rescued by some neighbours, who heard her screaming and reported the case to the police,’’ he said.

The offences contravened Sections 137 and 156(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 137 stipulates life imprisonment for offenders.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Taiwo Akanni, granted the accused bail in the sum of N250, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Akanni adjourned the case until May 22 for mention.

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