The pair of 51-year-old landlord, Ishola Idris, and his 35-year-old tenant, Linus Okonkwo were both dragged before the Lagos State Magistrate’s Court in Ikeja for raping a 13-year-old maid living with her guardian on Celestial Road, Igando, Lagos.
The defendants who were both arraigned on two counts bordering on child defilement and sexual assault according to the police prosecutor, Inspector Simon Imhowa committed the offence between January and August 2017.
Imhowa said the victim’s father received a call from the landlord asking him to come and take his daughter from her guardian, but when he came over, his daughter revealed to him what she had been going through in the hands of the landlord and one of her guardian’s brothers.
“The landlord called the victim’s father to come and pick her from the guardian because the latter wants to use her for money ritual.
“But on getting there, the father discovered that the landlord had been having sexual intercourse with the daughter since January 2017 till August 10, 2017, when he received the call from the landlord.
“The victim also alleged that one of the guardian’s brothers, Linus, who was living in the house, had sexual intercourse with her in March 2017.
“The landlord allegedly converted the victim to a sex tool and threatened to kill her if she informed anybody,” Imhowa said.
During court proceedings, a two count charge preferred against the defendants read thus, “That you, Ishola Idris, sometime in January 2017, on Celestial Road, Igando, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully defile one 13-year-old child (name withheld) by having sexual intercourse with her.
“That you, Linux Okonkwo, sometime in March 2017, on Celestial Road, Igando, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully sexually assault one 13-year -old by penetrating into her private parts.”
Before adjourning the matter till October 12, 2017 for further hearing, the Magistrate, Bolanle Osunsanmi, granted each of them bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
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