A 50-year-old driver, Joseph Obi, and 28-year-old receptionist, Blessing John, were on Wednesday arraigned in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, on charges bordering on rape and conspiracy. The prosecutor, Sgt. Raphael Donny, told the court that the offences were committed on Feb. 16 at a hotel in Ayobo area of Lagos.
Donny said that the first accused, Obi, lured the victim, a 13-year old girl, who stays with her grandparents, to a hotel.
‘‘The second accused, John, gave him a room in the hotel to carry out his evil act.
‘‘The first accused raped the girl and left her in the hotel; it was around 10 p.m., when the hotel management saw the girl alone in the room,’’ he said.
The offences contravened Sections 259 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused persons, however, denied committing the offences.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Davies Abegunde, granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N250, 000 each, with two sureties each in like sum.
She adjourned the case till March 6 for mention.