Alao Shobowale, the 42 Year Old Pastor of a white garment church who allegedly raped a 12-year-old foster daughter of his neighbour (name withheld) was on Wednesday arraigned before an Ebute Meta Magistrate’s Court, Lagos.
Shobowale, who speaks Igbo, the only language the girl understands, had allegedly lured the girl to the toilet of their residence and raped her.
According to the charge sheet, the incident happened at 10, Togodo Street, Temu, Epe, Lagos State at about 10pm on December 15, 2012.
The police said apart from having sexual intercourse with the girl, Shobowale also sexually penetrated her anus.
He was charged with two counts bordering on unlawful sexual intercourse and rape, which according to the charge sheet, is punishable under sections 137 and 259 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
When the charges were read to him, Shobowale pleaded not guilty to both charges.
“She is my wife’s niece and we brought her from Imo State two weeks before the incident happened and we were planning to enrol her in a school within our vicinity.
“The accused lured her from the common passage we share in front of our apartment to the toilet while my wife, I and our three children were inside.”
She subsequently adjourned the case till March 15 for mention.
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