A choirmaster with one of the new generation churches who allegedly had unlawful carnal knowledge of a 16-year-old female chorister in his church, was on Thursday brought before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court.
The accused, Adewale Babalola, 36, who resides at 11, Maxwell Ijeh Street, Aguda in Surulere area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, is facing a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse.
According to the prosecutor, ASP Godwin Anyanwu, the accused committed the illicit act on December 2, 2014 at his apartment.
He said the accused took undue advantage of his relationship with the teenager as her choirmaster at 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 had carnal knowledge of 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 said, violated Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Babalola, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.O. Soladoye, directed that the case file should be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 137 prescribes life imprisonment for child rape.
The magistrate granted the accused bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case to June 29 for DPP’s advice.