A 37-year old man, Mr. Yusuf Bakare, escaped mob action in Lagos after he was caught while having sex with a 13-year old girl inside the market. The incident happened on the 2nd floor inside Orile Market, Lagos where he took the victim and defiled her.
The motive behind his action was not clear as the traders wondered why he would engage in such act with the victim inside the market place.
He was alleged to have lured the teenager to the place, engaged her in the romp before the market security men suspected the movement, went there and caught them in the act.
The action generated uproar in the market and some of the traders who were present when the incident happened attempted to attack them but were prevented from doing so by the market leadership.
The suspect was handed over to the police who transferred the matter to the Gender Section of the State Command, Ikeja, Lagos.
During the interrogation, the teenager revealed that the suspect lured her to the place and forcefully penetrated her after warning her not to raise alarm.
The police found Bakare culpable and charged him before the Ogba Magistrates court for rape.
The prosecutor, Mr. Christopher John, informed the court that the offence was actually committed inside the market in the evening when some traders were still in the market.
The Presiding Magistrate, Mr. Peter Nwaka, denied him bail and did not take his plea.
The court ordered him to be remanded in the prison custody and directed the prosecutor to duplicate the file and send to DPP for advice.
It was gathered that the matter might be transferred to High Court because it was a case of defilement of a teenager which attracts heavy penalty.
It was learnt that if the DPP finds Bakare culpable and he is tried at the High Court and found guilty, he will spend up to 10 years in prison for the alleged offence.