Osun civil servant, theatre practitioner land in jail for raping minor

Osun Rape Scandal: Osun civil servant, theatre practitioner land in jail for raping minor
By Ekene Agbor, Osogbo
An Osogbo Magistrate’s Court in Osun state has ordered the remand of a civil servant in the state, Mr Gbenga Samson Ayenioye and his friend, a theatre practitioner, Mr Tunde AmokeOja in Ilesa Correctional Center for allegedly raping a teenage girl (name withheld).
The Police, on Wednesday, dragged the duo to court on three count-charge of conspiracy, rape and indecent assault on the 16-year-old girl.
According to the charge sheet, the 46 year-old Ayenioye, and AmokeOja, aged 38, committed  the offence in the month of February, 2020 at Latona area and Delightful Gold hotel Osogbo.
The police informed the court that duo conspired, indecently assaulted and unlawfully have carnal knowledge of the underage.
The offences committed by the accused persons were said to be contrary to and punishable under section 31(1)(2) of the Child Rights Law of Osun state 2007, section 516 and 360 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol ll Law of Osun State 2002.
An Inspector of Police, Idoko John had appeared for the prosecution before a lawyer from the Osun State Ministry of Justice, Bankole Awoyemi made an oral application to take over the prosecution of the matter.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the allegations preferred against them.
A team of defence counsels led by Mr Bola Ige made an oral application for the bail of the accused persons in most liberal and affordable term.
Ige said the accused persons will provide reliable sureties if granted bail.
Awoyemi, the Principal State Counsel did not object the bail application but left it to the discretion of the court.
Magistrate Opeyemi Badmus approved the request of the ministry of Justice to take over the prosecution of the matter and ordered the police prosecutor to handover the case file to the State Counsel.
Badmus bemaoned incessant rape cases in the country stressing that it is rampant. He said “cases of rape are rampant and we should put a stop to it. We hold the society that duty.”
Then, the Magistrate ordered the remand of the accused persons in Ilesa correctional center.
He thereafter adjourned the case till November 4, 2020 for ruling on formal bail application. Badmus adjourned the matter till November 19, 2020 for hearing.

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