|The Alleged Rapist: Pastor Alao Shobowale|
42-year-old pastor of a white garment church, Alao Shobowale, who allegedly raped a 12-year-old foster daughter of his neighbour (name withheld) was on Wednesday [Jan. 16] arraigned before an Ebute Meta Magistrate’s Court, Lagos.
Shobowale, who speaks Igbo, the only language the girl understands, had allegedly lured the girl to the toilet of their residence and raped her.
According to the charge sheet, the incident happened at 10, Togodo Street, Temu, Epe, Lagos State at about 10pm on December 15, 2012.
The police said apart from having sexual intercourse with the girl, Shobowale also “forcefully penetrated her anus”.
He was charged with two counts bordering on unlawful sexual intercourse and rape, which according to the charge sheet, is punishable under sections 137 and 259 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
When the charges were read to him, Shobowale pleaded not guilty to both charges.
His lawyers, Kola Afolayan and Saka Bello, made an application for his bail urging the court to grant it on liberal terms.
Prosecutor, R. Odigie did not oppose the bail application by Shobowale’s lawyers.
It would be recalled, Shobowale lured the girl from the passage they both share in the house to the toilet where he had carnal knowledge of her.
Magistrate Oyindamola Ogala granted Shobowale bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
She said the sureties must furnish the court with evidence of tax payments to the state government and verifiable residential and office addresses while one of the sureties must be his blood relation.
She subsequently adjourned the case till March 15 for mention.