58-year-old man allegedly rapes and impregnates a 15-year-old groundnut hawker

A 58-year-old man identified as Kalu Mba, was reportedly charged before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on Friday for raping and impregnating a 15-year-old groundnut hawker. Kalu Mba who was said to be a Tailor residing at Makoko Area of Lagos is now facing a charge of defilement.

The prosecutor, Asp. Ibijoke Akinpelu told the court that the accused committed the offence sometime in July at his residence in Lagos. Akinpelu also mentioned that the accused had on several occasions bought groundnuts from the girl and would always tell her to bring her torn dresses for amendment.

“She eventually took her torn skirt to the accused for amendment and he had canal knowledge of her without her consent. When she found out she was pregnant, she had no choice but to explain the incident to her mother.”

“The case was reported to the police and the accused was immediately arrested,” she said. The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised). Section 137 prescribes life imprisonment for offenders.

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

In her ruling, the Magistrate, Mrs. O.G Oghre, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until Jan. 29, 2018 for mention.


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