Alleged rape: Father, daughter flee court

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(Ilorin)

A mild drama ensued at an Ilorin Magistrate’s court on Wednesday as the father of an alleged gang raped 17-year old girl picked race from the court with the daughter, who incidentally is his daughter.

Duaglobalnews reports that the father brought the girl to court to enable her testify against her cousin, Omotosho Yahaya and two others who allegedly conspired to abuse her sexually.

To the amazement of many in the court, the victim’s father suddenly ran out of court, jumped on a standby motorcycle with his daughter and zoomed off when the magistrate, Afusat Alegre, was about giving her ruling on the case.

Frantic efforts by security operatives who immediately swung into action and chased the duo could not yield any success as the two disappeared into thin air.

The father and the daughter took to their heels when Magistrate wanted to give ruling on the case

The Police First Information Report (FIR) revealed that the first defendant, Yahaya, lured his cousin to his friends house where they allegedly Mustapha Ridwan and Mustapha Ahmed where they committed the crime.

The Director in charge of children in the Ministry of Women Affairs, Mariam Yusuf watched the drama with members of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA).

Speaking with newsmen after the court session,she assured that the father and his daughter would “surely be arrested before the next adjourned date of the case.”

“The rape case was reported in our office yesterday(Monday), we joined them in court today (Tuesday), when we interrogated the victim,we suspected she has been intimidated and threatened to turn the story around

“She said she was not actually raped but molested, that in a bid to revenge the assault, she lied against the culprits.

The FIDA has taken it up, the father will be arrested and definitely, he will be able to produce the victim,”she said.

The Magistrate therefore adjourned the matter to June 29 for continuation of hearing.

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