An Ikeja Magistrate’s Court, yesterday, sentenced a 45-year-old commercial motorcyclist and husband of two wives, Alabi Bakare, to five years imprisonment for raping three minors. Magistrate A. Isaac, who handed the verdict, said the sentence would be without an option of fine. He said since the accused had pleaded guilty to the offence, the court had no option than to sentence him as charged.
The News Agency of Nigeria,NAN, reports that the accused, who was arraigned on August 8, had pleaded guilty to a charge of having carnal knowledge of the minors aged between three and five. Earlier, the prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Barth Nwaokoye, told the court that Bakare raped the minors on August 3 at 7 p.m. at 19, Oluwakemi Street, Alapere, Ketu area of Lagos metropolis.
“Bakare was caught in the act by a co-tenant, who reported the matter to the police,” he said. He said the offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State. Meantime, three middle aged men, Sunday Samson, Friday Innocent, Mufutau Salaudeen have been arraigned before magistrate Olagbegi Adelabu of an Ikeja Magistrate court for forming an unlawful society and possession of firearms.
The defendants, whose ages are 28, 21 and 23 years respectively are facing a four count charge of conspiracy, breach of peace, unlawful possess of firearms and forming an unlawful society before the court.
The prosecutor, Inspector Rachael Williams told the court that the defendants and others committed the offence at Okobaba at Ibadan Street Ebute Metta Lagos on the 13th day of July 2012 around 11:55pm
Ikeja Magistrate’s Court, sentenced a 45-year-old commercial motorcyclist