BY GBENGA OLARINOYE
OSOGBO — Two middle aged men have been arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrate’s court for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl in Ikirun, headquarters of Ifelodun Local Government Area of Osun State.
The men, Azeez kehinde, 20, Adeyanju Ismaila, 23, were alleged to have defiled and assaulted the girl simply identified as Pepeye at Igbo-Ile area of Ikirun, mid night.
The police prosecutor, Mirette Wilson, a Police Inspector told the court that the two accused men committed an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 516,358 and 360 of the criminal code, cap 34, vol II, laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.
When the plea was taken, both kehinde and Ismaila, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against them.
Counsel to the accused persons, Mr. Adedokun Tunde applied for the bail of his clients, praying the court to grant them bail in the most liberal terms as according to him the accused persons were ready to stand their trial before the court.
He also presented an affidavit sworn by a member of the family of the accused persons to the court as evidence that they were willing to stand their trial.
The Police prosecutor who did not oppose the bail application told the court to use its discretion in granting the accused persons bail.
He, however, applied to investigate the authenticity of the affidavit submitted to the court.
The presiding magistrate, Mr. Olusola Aluko lamented the involvement of young men in criminal activities especially the rate at which females were defiled in the state which he noted had contributed to the congestion of the state prisons.
He granted bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till 6th of December, 2013.