Police arraign teenager for allegedly raping salesgirl

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A teenager, Chisomu Ovu, has been arraigned before a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court for allegedly defiling a salesgirl.

It was learnt that the alleged crime happened on October 22 when the salesgirl (name withheld), said to be in her mid teens, went to buy goods at a shop in the Ebute Ero Market, Lagos State.

Our correspondent gathered that 18-year-old Ovu allegedly lured the victim to a store inside the shop to pack cartons of soap she had bought and overpowered her. The defendant, it was learnt, grabbed the salesgirl by the neck while he had carnal knowledge of her.

The incident was said to have been reported to the police by the girl’s boss, Funmilayo Agnes.

The prosecutor, Francisco Okere, preferred one count of rape against the defendant, who appeared before the Magistrate, Mrs. A.T. Omoyele.

The charge read, “That you Chisom Ovum on October 22, 2014 at about 4pm at Ebute Ero Market did unlawfully and forcefully have carnal knowledge of one (name withheld) when she was sent to buy goods at your shop and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 258 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011.”

However, Ovum pleaded not guilty to the charge. He was admitted to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties.

The matter was adjourned till November 12, 2014.

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