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Court remands man who raped 14-yr-old daughter

Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo


A 14-year-old girl in Ido-Osun, Egbedore Local Government Area of Osun State who alleged her father, Kazeem Olapade, of raping her, has told the police how the man molested her.
The victim, (names withheld) said that her father threatened her not to tell anyone including her mother, but that she later decided to tell her mother.
The girl said her father and her mother have separated and that she lives with her father in his house.
”My father covered my mouth with pillow when he raped me and I saw blood thereafter. He threatened me not to disclose this to anyone.”
She said her father was a barber and later became a drummer and that he has four houses in Osogbo.
The girl, a Junior Secondary School student (JSS1) did not mention the specific date that the incident happened.
The matter was reported to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps through a Non-Governmental Organization and the case was later taken to the police.
Also, reports from the Police Public Relations Officer in Osun State Police Command, Yemisi Opalola in Osogbo, confirmed the matter.
In a latest development, the 44-year-old man, Kazeem Olapade has been remanded by an Osogbo Magistrate’s Court for allegedly raping a minor.
The accused person was alleged of committing the offence between August 2020 and January 2021, at Ido-Osun area in Osogbo.
The prosecutor, Inspector Jacob Akintunde told the court that the accused person assaulted and unlawfully had carnal knowledge of a 14-year-old girl (name withheld) without her consent.
He further said that the victim later opened up on the assault, leading to the arrest of the accused person and his arraignment in court.
The offence committed contravened Section 31 (1)(2) of the Child Right Laws of Osun, 2007 and Sections 214(1) and 360 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 34, Vol. 11, Laws of Osun, 2002.
The accused person who is facing a three-count charge of assault, rape and unlawful sexual intercourse pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against him.
The defense counsel, Mr Jimmy Jones prayed the court to grant his client bail in most liberal term, promising to provide reliable sureties.
The Magistrate, Olusegun Ayilara, in his ruling, overruled the bail application and ordered the remand of the accused person at Ilesa Correctional Centre due to the magnitude of the offence committed.
The case was adjourned till February 5, 2021 for consideration of bail application.


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