Father Accused of Rape: Trial Update at Ikeja Court

Destiny Michael
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Father Accused of Rape: Trial Update at Ikeja Court

Father Accused of Rape: Trial Update at Ikeja Court. The Ikeja Special Offences and Domestic Violence Court is currently addressing Taiwo Oyelabi’s alleged sexual abuse against his biological daughter.

Oyelabi faces a rape charge under Section 358 of the Lagos State Criminal Law of 2015.

Inspector Bakare Iyabo, presenting the prosecution’s case, informed the court about Oyelabi’s apprehension on April 16, 2018, following a report to the Igando Police Station.

Inspector Iyabo stated that Oyelabi confessed during questioning by both the Inspector and the Divisional Police Officer. Additionally, the witness mentioned that Oyelabi has two daughters. While the second daughter left home due to her father’s advances, the victim claimed she had nowhere else to go.

Legal Proceedings Unfold in Case of Alleged Sexual Assault

Inspector Iyabo also revealed that the victim was four months pregnant at the time of the report.

Oyelabi was transferred to the Gender Police Station for further investigation on April 17, 2018.

The prosecution presented allegedly signed statements from both the defendant and the victim.

Oyelabi’s lawyer, Onome Akpnye, objected to the admissibility of these statements, claiming they were obtained under duress.

Akpnye also asserted that the presented copies were not originals and did not comply with the Evidence Act.

Prosecutor B.T. Boye requested a “mini-trial” to determine the voluntariness of the statements, clarifying that prosecutors are not obligated to pay specific fees.

Father Accused of Rape: Trial Update at Ikeja Court

Justice Ramon Oshodi acknowledged the defence’s objection but deemed the prosecution’s actions substantially compliant with the Evidence Act. Consequently, he overruled the objection and allowed the statements as evidence.

The court then proceeded with a “mini-trial” to determine the validity of the statements.

During this process, Inspector Iyabo reiterated that the defendant was neither beaten nor threatened while in custody.

Conversely, the defendant claimed he was subjected to physical assault by police officers. He denied responsibility for his daughter’s pregnancy, alleging that the community chief spitefully reported him to the authorities.

Justice Oshodi adjourned the case until July 10, 2024, for both legal teams to submit their closing arguments.

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