The Lagos State Police Command, on Wednesday, charged a business transport
driver, Jelili Lawal, for allegedly molesting a septuagenarian.
It was accounted for that the 78-year-elderly person, who was coming back to her place of living arrangement in the Ketu region of Lagos, had missed her direction when Lawal offered her a lift to her destination unknowingly to her that he has a different motive.
The woman, who was delighted at Lawal’s offer, never suspected that he had other intentions but he drove to another location, where he allegedly r*ped the victim, The Punch reports.
The state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, had while parading Lawal said, “On Tuesday, January 1, 2019, around 8pm, a woman, 78, met one Jelili Lawal, 41, a bus driver, at Maryland and told him that she had missed her way and did not know how to get to her house in Ketu.
“Jelili Lawal offered to help her. The woman was delighted and she boarded the bus, unknown to her that Lawal had other intentions.
“The suspect drove the victim to a location in Oloti village, off Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, and r*ped her without regard to her age. While the suspect was at it, the woman let out a cry that attracted someone in the neighbourhood, who quickly called the police and directed them to the location where the cry emanated from.
“That was how the police caught the suspect in the act and rescued the old woman, who was already bleeding from her private parts as a result of the assault on her dignity.”
Lawal was arraigned on Wednesday for r*pe. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Raphael Donny, told the court that the offence was committed on January 1, 2019, around 8pm at Oloti Village, off Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs B. O. Osunsanmi, ordered that Lawal should be remanded in the Kirikiri Prison pending advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
She adjourned the case till February 18, 2019, for hearing.