Man Arraigned For Kidnapping, Raping Daughter’s Friend

A man, Wisdom Emmanuel, was on Wednesday arraigned and remanded by a Yaba Magistrates Court for allegedly sexually violating his daughter’s friend in his office.

Magistrate Patrick Nwaka remanded the 34-year-old on two counts of sexual violation preferred against him by the Lagos State Police Command.

The accused was alleged to have perpetrated the act in his office on April 30, 2023, around 10am at No. 46, Kusa Street, Bariga, Lagos State.

Thomas Nurudeen, the police prosecutor, told the court that the defendant lured the girl to his office and sexually violated her.

Nurudeen said the defendant approached the parents of the girl, and took permission to allow the girl to take him to where his daughter works, but instead took her to his office around Fadeyi where he forced her to take off her clothes and raped her.

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According to the prosecutor, the offence committed is punishable under Sections 141 and 137 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015.

The charge read, “That you, Wisdom Emmanuel, on April 30, 2023, around 10am at No. 46, Kusa Street, Bariga, Lagos state, in the Yaba Magisterial District did abduct one 13-year-old girl, (name withheld) under the custody of her parents and took her to your place of work located at Fadeyi area, with the intent to have unlawful carnal knowledge of her, and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 141 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.”

Nurudeen asked the court to remand the defendant for 30 days pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions

Magistrate Nwaka did not take the plea of the defendant but ordered that he be remanded. He also adjourned the case till June 19, 2023.

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

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