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65-year-old man remanded for allegedly raping five-year-old daughter

A 65-year-old man, Bayo Akinwete, was on Wednesday dragged before an Ado Ekiti Magistrate’s Court for allegedly raping his 5-year-old daughter (name withheld) severally.

The court, presided over by Mrs. Kehinde Awosika, also heard that Akinwete gave the small girl alcoholic drink to intoxicate her and perpetrate the crime.

Police prosecutor, Insp. Monica Ikebuilo, told the court that Akinwete allegedly committed the offence on June 18, 2019 in Olorunsogo area of Ado-Ekiti within the Magisterial District.

According to the prosecutor, the victim told the police that she and her 9-year-old sister were living with their father, while their mother had abandoned them with him.

The prosecutor disclosed that the victim said that there was a day, her father gave her an alcoholic drink to drink, saying when she woke up, she saw her father on top of her.

Ikebuilo added that the victim told her interrogators that it was not the first time her father would sexually assault her, saying “he has been doing the act for sometime”.

She said that the victim stated that their father would tell her younger sister to hold and massage his manhood.

The prosecutor said the victim reported her father to their neighbour who promptly reported the case to the police.

Ikebuilo said the offence contravened Section 31 of the Child Right Law of Ekiti State, 2012.

The plea of the accused was not taken.

The prosecutor told the court that the duplicate file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.

The Magistrate, Mrs Kehinde Awosika, ordered that the accused should be remanded in prison, pending an advice from the office of DPP.

Mrs. Awosika adjourned the case until August 1, 2019 for mention.

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