by Kolapo Olapoju
A bus conductor, John Akachi, confessed to an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrate’s Court that he raped a 7-year-old girl at the Idimu area of Lagos State.
On Friday, 15 August, the court was told by the Police that the victim, who was his neighbour’s daughter, sustained injuries during the forced intercourse.
However, 27-year-old Akachi, an Abia state indigene, claimed to have been drunk at the time of the act, which prompted him to rape the girl.
The charge reads, “That you, John Akachi, on July 12, 2014, at about 5.50pm, at Adesanya Street, Pipeline Idimu, Lagos in the Lagos Magisterial District, did have unlawful sexual intercourse with one (name withheld) aged six years old, which caused her harm and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.”
After the charge was read, The defendant who was not represented by any counsel replied saying, “I am guilty with reason.”
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. A.A. Demi-Ajayi, said, “The defendant, having pleaded guilty to the charge, is hereby ordered to be remanded in prison, pending the facts and sentence of the case.”
The case was adjourned till October 8, 2014.