A 28-year-old rape suspect, Modiu Diallo, has been docked at a Surulere Magistrates’ Court, sitting in Lagos State, for allegedly raping a 7-year-old girl inside the Iponri Central Mosque, Surulere.
It was gathered that Diallo, a Senegalese labourer, who is facing a three-count charge bordering on rape, had, on July 13, 2016, abducted the girl and took her inside the Mosque where he forcefully had carnal knowledge of her in the early hours of the day.
The police prosecutor, Sergeant Anthonia Osayande, told the court that the accused committed the offence at about 6:00am on the said date when most of the early morning worshippers had left the Mosque after the morning prayers.
“It is a shameful act and that should not be condoled,” Osayande told the court, adding that the offence contravened Sections 135 (2) and 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
When the charges were read to Diallo, he pleaded not guilty and the Magistrate, Mrs Ekpaye Nwachukwu, granted him bail in the sum of N500, 000, with one surety in like sum, while the case was adjourned the case till September 20, 2016, for mention.