A 64 year-old retired broadcaster, Steven Sajewo, yesterday [Apr. 24], appeared before an Ilorin Chief Magistrate’s for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl, last weekend. The accused was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Lekan Adegbite on a one count-charge of rape, which contravened section 283 of the penal code law.
He was alleged to have had a canal knowledge of the victim (name withheld) when she was hawking yam in his neighborhood of Oja Iya, in Ilorin, the state capital.
The charge sheet stated that it was the shout of the victim that attracted neighbours, who, subsequently, alerted the police.
Police prosecutor, Inspector Moshood Adebayo, objected to the request for bail by the accused on the grounds that the offence he allegedly committed was not bailable. He, thereafter, applied for an adjournment.
Although, the accused was not represented in court, the magistrate said the issue of bail could not be debated, because the court lacked jurisdiction over the matter.
He, consequently, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N200, 000, with one surety in like sum and adjourned further hearing to May 3.
The magistrate also directed the victim’s father, who had indicated readiness to withdraw the case from court, to bring a letter to that effect to the next hearing.
In the course of the hearing, the court was told that the accused was appearing in court the second time for the same offence.