2 Imams in court for allegedly gang-raping 2 students

Two Islamic teachers identified as Kamaledeen Alade and Hammed Adebayo were yesterday arraigned before a Surulere Chief Magistrate Court in Lagos for allegedly raping two girls between the age of 14 and 16.

Alade, 32, and Adebayo 27, were arraigned on a four count charge of conspiracy, rape, sexual penetration and application of charm.

The Police prosecutor, Sgt. Anthonia Osayande told the court that Alade was the founder of a group where youths attended to learn the Quran, while Adebayo was an assistant to the former, in tutoring the youth.

Osayande said the accused persons and one other, now at large, committed the offences at No. 24, Amosun Street, Sari-Iganmu area of the state on July 11 at about 10.05 am.

According to the police prosecutor, Alade alongside the other accused persons gang-raped the 14-year-old while he allowed Adebayo to rape the 16-year-old.

Osayande said, “They conspired among themselves and did have sexual intercourse turn-by-turn with the girls, after which they forcefully applied charms on their necks.

“One of the girls who could not bear the pains confessed the incident to her parents, which led to their arrest.’’

Osayande said the offences contravened Sections 127(1), 137, 261 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

When the charges were read to both accused persons, they pleaded not guilty.

Against this backdrop, the Chief Magistrate, Aro Lambo granted the accused bail in the sum of N200, 000 each, with two sureties each in like sum.


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