A 28-year-old man, Ifeanyi Nwaneze, and his sister, Ginika Ojukwu, who allegedly conspired to abduct a 14- year-old girl, were on Wednesday brought before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court on Lagos Island.
The first accused, Mr. Nwaneze, who resides at Tapa Street, Orile-Iganmu, was also charged with rape of the 14-year-old girl.
The prosecutor, Ben Ekundayo, told the court that the accused committed the offence on June 16 at 4.00 p.m. at Adeniji Adele Road, Lagos Island.
He said the accused abducted the girl on her way to the mosque.
According to Mr. Ekundayo, the accused held the girl hostage for four days at his sister’s house and raped her.
“The accused kept the girl at Ojukwu’s house for four days and the sister was aware that her brother kidnapped the girl.
“Nwaneze also forcefully had sexual intercourse with the girl,” he said.
The offences contravened Sections 127, 266 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised)
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 266 provides seven years for abduction, while Section 409 stipulates two years imprisonment for conspiracy.
The duo pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge of conspiracy, abduction and rape.
The Magistrate, Ade Adedulire, granted the accused N500,000 bail each with two sureties each in like sum.
He adjourned the case until July 8 for mention.