42-year-old pastor of a white garment church, with name Alao Shobowale, who allegedly raped a 12-year-old foster daughter of his neighbour was arraigned before an Ebute Meta Magistrate’s Court, Lagos on Wednesday.
Shobowale, allegedly lured the girl to the toilet of their residence and raped her.
The incident according to the court, happened at 10, Togodo Street, Temu, Epe, Lagos State at about 10pm on December 15, 2012.
According to the police, the alleged rapist apart from having sexual intercourse with the girl, also “sexually penetrated her anus.”
He was slammed with two counts charges, bordering on unlawful sexual intercourse and rape, which according to the court, is punishable under sections 137 and 259 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
When the charges were read to him, Shobowale pleaded not guilty to both charges. His lawyers, Kola Afolayan and Saka Bello, made an application for his bail urging the court to grant it on liberal terms.
Prosecutor, R. Odigie, who did not oppose the bail application by Shobowale’s lawyers, told the court that the victim and his foster father, Dayo Anjorin, were in court.
The foster father of the rape victim Dayo Anjorin, while fielding questions from the court, said Shobowale lured the girl from the passage they both share in the house to the toilet where he had carnal knowledge of her.
Before ruling on the application, the magistrate Oyindamola Ogala said the matter would be referred to the family court “in the interest of justice.”
She subsequently adjourned the case till March 15 for mention.