Choirmaster arraigned for ‘raping’ female chorister


A choirmaster, Adewale Babalola, was yesterday arraigned before a Yaba Chief Magistrate’s Court in Lagos for allegedly raping a 16-year-old chorister.

Babalola, 36, who lives on Maxwell Ijeh Street in Aguda, Surulere, Lagos, is being tried for alleged unlawful sexual intercourse.

Prosecuting Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Godwin Anyanwu said the accused committed the offence on December 2, 2014 in his apartment.

He said the accused took undue advantage of his relationship with the teenager as her choirmaster at the Christ Our Light Glory Church, Sanya in Surulere, to commit the crime.
“The girl told her father, who is also an evangelist in the church that the accused lured her into his room and forcefully raped her.
“The father reported the matter to the General Overseer of the church, but no action was taken which compelled the victim’s father to report the matter at the police station,” Anyanwu said.
The offence, Anyanwu noted, violated Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Babalola pleaded not guilty.
Chief Magistrate A.O. Soladoye directed that the case file be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.
The magistrate granted the accused N200, 000 bail with two sureties in the like sum. Chief Soladoye adjourned the case till June 29.





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