Magistrate Bola Osunsanmi of an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court has ordered a computer instructor, Cosmos Ugbaja, accused of raping a teenager to be remanded in Kirikiri Prison pending when he would perfect his bail. Magistrate Osunsanmi made the order after Ugbaja was arraigned on a count charge of rape preferred against him by the Police, of which he had pleaded not guilty.
The Police had charged Ugbaja to court for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl (names withheld), who is a Junior Secondary Student, JSS, 3 in a public school in Ishawo, Ikorodu area of the state. According to Police Prosecutor, Inspector Samuel Imohsonwa, the suspect serially raped his victim between January and May this year.
The one count charge against the suspect stated in part: “That you, Cosmos Ugbaja, 43, between January and May, 2016 at 13 Banjo Oyesanya Street, Olainukan, Ishawo, Ikorodu, did unlawfully had sexual intercourse with one (names withheld) aged 14 years and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 137 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.”
The court granted him bail in the sum of N500,000 and two sureties in the like sum. She ordered that the sureties must have means of income, evidence of tax payment in last three years and property in Lagos; all which she said must be verified by the appropriate officer. She, thereafter, adjourned the matter till August 1. Police sources, however, said Ugbaja, who owns a computer centre in Ishawo, Ikorodu, was engaged by the school being attended by his victim to help trained the students in computer studies.