by Isi Esene
Alao Shobowale, a 42-year-old pastor of a white garment church was yesterday arraigned before an Ebute-metta magistrate’s court for raping a 12-year-old foster daughter of his neighbour.
Sbobowale was said to have lured the girl into the toilet and raped her on December 15 last year.
The incident reportedly happened at 10, Togodo Street, Temu, Epe, Lagos State at about 10pm.
According to the police, the pastor also sodomized the girl after forcibly having sex with her.
He was reportedly charged with two counts bordering on unlawful sexual intercourse and rape, which according to the charge sheet, is punishable under sections 137 and 259 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges when it was read to him.
His lawyers, Kola Afolayan and Saka Bello went on to apply for his bail urging the court to grant it on liberal terms.
Police prosecutor, R. Odigie did not oppose the bail application.
According to Dayo Anjorin, the girl’s foster father, Shobowale lured the girl from the passage they both share in the house to the toilet where he had carnal knowledge of her.
He said, “She is my wife’s niece and we brought her from Imo State two weeks before the incident happened and we were planning to enrol her in a school within our vicinity.
“The accused lured her from the common passage we share in front of our apartment to the toilet while my wife, I and our three children were inside.”
Magistrate Oyindamola Ogala later granted Shobowale bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
She said the sureties must furnish the court with evidence of tax payments to the state government and verifiable residential and office addresses while one of the sureties must be his blood relation.
She urged Anjorin to speed up the process of enrolling the victim in school.
Ogala subsequently adjourned the case till March 15 for mention.