A 28-year-old man, Gbenga Asaye, has been arraigned by the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba before a Lagos State Magistrate’s Court for allegedly abducting and raping a student of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin.
According to police report, the incident happened at the Agege area of the state on January 21, 2014 when the 18-year-old victim (name withheld) had left her mother’s shop for school without money.
She reportedly met Asaye, a family friend, on the road who promised to assist her with money and take her back to school in his vehicle.
However, Asaye took the teenager to his house in Agege where he forcefully had carnal knowledge of the victim, who was a virgin before the encounter.
The victim was said to have been abducted by the defendant for 21 days and she was raped through out the duration.
The mother was said to have reported a case of missing person at the Pen Cinema Police Station, after which enquiries about the whereabouts of the victim led to the arrest of Asaye.
He was arraigned on Monday before an Ebute Meta Magistrate’s Court on one count of abduction that reads: “That you, Gbenga Asaye, on January 21, 2014, at 3, Enimature Street, off Oyemekun Street, Agege Lagos in the Lagos Magisterial District, did abduct one (name withheld), aged 18 years for the purpose of sexual intercourse and held her against her consent until February 10, 2014.”
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge and elected summary trial.
The magistrate, Ms Y.B. Badejo-Okusanya, however objected to giving of evidence, saying it was premature.
She admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The matter was adjourned till March 31, 2014 for mention.