A Christian cleric, Solomon Olasehinde, 25, has been arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Magistrate’s court on Friday for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl.
The prosecutor, Mr. Akinwale Oriyomi, alleged that the accused had unlawful carnal knowledge of his victim on Nov.17, 2012 at about 5:30pm at C62 Oke-Ibukun Street, Otun-Ekiti.
The prosecutor said the offence was contrary to 222 of the Criminal Code Cap 16 Laws of Ekiti and Section 357 and punishable under Section 358 of the Criminal Code Cap 16 Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2012.’
He then appealed to the court for an adjournment to enable him duplicate the case file and send same to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.
Meanwhile, the accused pleaded not guilty and his counsel, Mr. Ebenezer Adedeji, urged the court to grant bail to his client in liberal terms and assured the court that a reliable surety would be provided.
The Magistrate, Ms. Adejoke Anoma, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N100,000 and two sureties; one of whom should reside within the jurisdiction of the court and the other should be an elder in the Church where the accused was a pastor. She adjourned the case till Jan. 9, 2013 for the DPP’s advice.