A Yaba Magistrates’ Court admitted the suspected serial rapist to a bail of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
A 52-year-old security guard, Godspower Eva, who allegedly raped three minors and a teenager, was on Wednesday in Lagos granted bail on stringent conditions.
A Yaba Magistrate Court admitted the suspected serial rapist to a bail of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The Chief Magistrate, Yewande Aje-Afunwa, who noted that the offences attracted life imprisonment, ruled that the bail condition would be stringent even though the offences were bailable.
Other bail conditions slammed on him include sureties, who must own a landed property in Lagos.
She said one of the sureties should be a recognised community or religious leader, while the other must be a blood relation of the accused.
“The sureties must (also) show evidence of tax payment and gainful employment,” Ms. Aje-Afunwa said.
She ordered that the case file be duplicated and forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice.
She also referred the defiled minors to the Clinical Psychologist at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital for counselling.
The accused, who resides at 23A, Adebayo Doherty Road, Lekki Phase 1, is standing trial on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy and child defilement.
He, however, denied the charges.
The Counsel to the accused, Gabriel Agedo, informed the court that he had filed an application for his bail.
He pleaded with the court to grant Mr. Eva bail on liberal terms.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Godwin Anyanwu, told the court that Mr. Eva committed the offences on February 17 at his residence.
He said the accused took advantage of the four girls of ages 9, 10, 12 and 14 by assaulting them sexually.
“On February 17, Eva had sexual intercourse with three minors – aged 9, 10 and 12 — in his room after promising to give them N100 each.
“He conspired with their 14-year-old classmate, whom he had earlier defiled, to bring to his house the minors. He also gave them N100 each,” the prosecutor alleged.
Mr. Anyanwu, an Assistant Superintendent of Police said Mr. Eva was apprehended after one of the parents of the defiled minors reported the matter to the police.
He said the offences contravened Sections 137 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
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