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Police rearrest, arraign man who raped 15-year-old girl


Policemen from Meiran Police Division in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government, Lagos State have rearrested Mr. Taju Adejumo, who allegedly raped and impregnated a minor, Deborah Jolaosho.

It was learnt that Adejumo was arrested on Wednesday and immediately charged to an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court.

Punch on Wednesday did an expose on how the 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped, deflowered and impregnated by the 40-year-old welder.

Deborah, who is seven-month pregnant, narrated her tale of woe, saying she found herself in her present condition after her mother, Rachel, asked her to go to a construction site and bring back a plastic drum borrowed from her by Adejumo.

She had said immediately she got there, Adejumo told her that the drum was kept upstairs and that she should go there and carry it.

She said she did not know that Adejumo had hatched a plan to rape her, alleging that the suspect held her tightly, closed her mouth with clothes and tied her with ropes.

Deborah had said, “After doing those things, he had sex with me. Because I have not had sex before, I had bruises and blood covered my private part. After the rape, he still left me tied but he removed the pieces of clothes in my mouth.”

According to the Punch, the police hurriedly arraigned the suspect because they did not want to be seen to have compromised on the matter.

It was further learnt that the suspect had been remanded at Kirikiri Maximum Prisons, Lagos and that the case had been adjourned till March 4 for further hearing.

 Some faulted the police justification that they had not arraigned the suspect because he (suspect) and the girl’s father, Israel Jolaosho, had agreed to settle the matter out of court without police consent.

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