Osun Police Command on Friday dragged Sulaiman Jelili, a 27-year old tailor, before an Osogbo Magistrate Court for allegedly having canal knowledge of a 15- year old teenager, Liadi Alimot, without her consent.
Jelili, who was reportedly arrested by the vigilante group around Opele Area, Sabo, Osogbo, was arraigned before Magistrate Muhammed Lasisi.
According to the charge sheet, the accused person broke into Alimot’s room through the ceiling and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her without her consent.
The offence is contrary to and punishable under section 221 of the Criminal Code Cap. 34 , Vol. 11, law of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.
Jelili was also accused of threatening to kill Alimot and one Owolabi Kabira, with the cutlass, stick and bottle.
The accused allegedly committed the offence on May 8, 2013 at No 40, Opele Compound off Sabo Road, Osogbo.
However, the suspect pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge of rape indecent assault and threat to life against him.
Defence Counsel, Mr. Okobi Najite applied for the bail of the accused person, just as he said that the alleged offences are bailable and the suspect is presumed innocent until contrary is proved in the court of law.
Najite pleaded with the court to be liberal on the bail condition, promising that reliable surety would stand for the accused person.
Inspector Solomon Oladele, police prosecutor, did not oppose the bail application, just as he told the court that they are ready for the hearing of the case provided the court schedule can accommodate it.
Oladele argued that the victims are in the court as well as the tools the suspect used to threaten the victims.
In his reaction, Najite, counsel to the accused person, prayed the court for a short date for definite hearing, explaining that he was not healthy enough to handle the hearing of the case at the moment.
Ruling on the matter, Magistrate Lasisi granted bail to the accused person on a sum of N100,000,00 in the like sum with two sureties, meanwhile the suspect did not meet the bail condition.
He adjourned the case to June 11th, 2013 for definite hearing.