A driver, Adeola Azeez, has admitted to raping his 16-year-old neighbour, Oluwaranti Aboderin. Azeez is being prosecuted by the Lagos state government.
Police Inspector, Nzome Omeronye of the Family Support Unit, Isokoto Police Station, Agege, told a Lagos Special Court on Friday, that the defendant confessed to the crime during her investigation.
Omeronye said the complainant and mother of the victim, Jemilat Agboola, had reported the case at Alakuko Police Station on October 7, 2016. She said the case was transferred to their unit in 2017, since they specialize in cases of sexual assaults, defilement and domestic violence.
The Police Inspector further informed the Court that the defendant, who is the victim’s neighbour came to ask for matches. She said upon finding out that she was at home, the accused forcefully had canal knowledge of her.
Omoronye also said the statement of the victim and her mother’s in the case file, tallied.
However, Omoronye said while she arrested the suspect, a widower, and interrogated him, he also told her he had been dating the victim for a year and they had been having sex.
She said her investigation indicated that Aboderin was raped.
While the prosecuting counsel, O. A Akinshete, sought to tender the victim and her mother’s statement before the Court, defence counsel, Onome Afelokhai objected to their admissibility. He said they contravene the Evidence Act and Section 9 (3) of Administration of Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Afelokhai argued that the mother of the victim was not present at the scene of the act, thus raised question about the credibility of her confessional statement. He cited that the Law also provided that the victim should do an audio recording, or make a confessional statement to a legal practitioner of her choice if she would be absent from a trial or travelling out of the country.
Presiding Justice, O.A Taiwo, granted the objection. She directed the defence counsel to file an official objection and adjourned the matter until May 15 for ruling on the application and continuation of trial.