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Court orders rape victim father’s arrest for cutting accused’s manhood

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By BARTHOLOMEW MADUKWE
LAGOS—An Ebute Meta Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, has ordered the police to arrest and charge father of a rape victim, Dennis Akpati,  for taking law into his hand by slicing off the penis of an alleged rapist, Seun Ogunbanwo.

The magistrate, Mrs. M. B. Folami, gave the order when Ogunbanwo (accused) was brought before her and she felt he had been badly battered by the father of the rape victim.

Akpati and others were alleged to have beaten up Ogunbanwo and using machete to cut part of his body.

Folami explained that under the law, the accused is presumed innocent until found guilty.

Ogunbanwo, a graduate of Business Administration, who just finished his national youth service, was charged with house-breaking and rape, offences punishable under Sections 411 and 358 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 17, Vol. 2, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.

It was gathered that Ogunbanwo allegedly made his way into Akpati’s home at 52, Tijani Alabi Street, Ijegun, Lagos, when he knew that the victim (Akpati’s 20-year-old daughter) was alone.

He allegedly had unlawful carnal knowledge of her without the girl’s consent and was caught in the act by the victim’s father, who wasted no time in cutting the accused’s manhood with a machete.

In defence, Ogunbanwo said the victim was his girlfriend and they both lived in the same area.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was admitted bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

The matter has been adjourned till January 18.

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