…As Court remands man, over alleged gang-rape of 17-year-old girl in Lagos***
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), has arrested a suspected bandit, Bello Galadima in Sokoto State.
Mr Saleh Dada, the Commandant of NSCDC in the state told newsmen on Wednesday that Galadima, 40, had been on the wanted list.
Dada said that the suspect was apprehended on Tuesday at his hideout at Aliyu Jodi in Sokoto metropolis.
The commandant said that the suspect was arrested when he came out to buy drugs, mostly sexual enhancing medicaments for his group members.
He explained that the suspect’s arrest followed intelligence report on his activities and movement of his group members around Hamma Ali community.
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The commandant commended the community for providing information on security challenges in their environment and assured them of maximum protection.
In another development, a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, has remanded a 21-year-old man, Toheeb Bakare, in Ikoyi Correctional Center for allegedly gang-raping a 17-year-old girl.
The Magistrate, Mrs M. I. Dan-Oni, who gave the ruling, denied the accused bail even after he pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The magistrate directed the prosecutor to duplicate the case file and forward a copy to the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.
The accused, who resides in Surulere Area of Lagos, is being tried on a four-count charge of conspiracy, rape, assault and abduction.
Earlier, Police Prosecutor, Insp. Courage Ekhueorohan said that the accused and six others now at large, committed the offences on July 11.
Ekhueorohan alleged that Bakare was recently identified by the 17-year-old as one of the seven men who accosted and gang-raped her at Omoniyi St., Itire, Surulere.
The offences, contravened Sections 137, 144, 172 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
Dan-Oni, adjourned the case until August 24 for the DPP’s advice.