A 40-year-old commercial motorcyclist (okada rider), Uche Imo, has appeared before an Apapa Magistrate’s Court in Lagos state for allegedly raping a minor, simply identified as Princess.
It was gathered that Imo and the pupil were neighbours on Tijani Street, Ajangbadi, and he was employed by Princess’ mother to take her and her sister to school; but Imo was said to have lured the girl with a cake into the hotel.
The Abia State-born had reportedly raped her in the facility four different times, the Punch is reporting.
It was learnt that in one of the instances, Princess declined going inside the hotel room with the suspect, but the manager, William, reportedly persuaded her.
Meanwhile, Princess’ mother said she knew about the ‘sexual relationship’ between her daughter and Imo on February 14, 2016, after he brought Princess and her sister back from an outing on that day.
She said, “Baba Joy (Imo) was my neighbour and was the one taking my children to school. I pay him N200 every day.
“On February 14, he came to me and said he wanted to take them out and I allowed him. He bought meat pie and ice cream for them. When they came back, Helen (Princess’ younger sister) said I should ask her sister what happened between her and Baba Joy.
“I asked her, but she denied that anything happened between them. It was when I started beating her that she confessed that Baba Joy had sex with her, adding that it had been happening for long.”
On her part, the assaulted teenager told the police that the suspect had been raping her since December 2015, adding that he usually gave her cake.
Princess said, “I am in primary six and live on the same street with Baba Joy. In December 2015, he took me to the hotel and had sex with me. I did not want to enter, but the hotel manager said I should. He had taken me there four times and he usually bought cake for me.”
Subsequently, Princess was taken to the Mirabel Centre, a human rights organisation, at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital for mediacl test and the case was equally reported to the police.
The suspect, in his statement to the police, reportedly confessed to the crime. He added that the hotel manager was aware of it.
Imo said, “I am married with five children. My first child is in Senior Secondary School two. I lived at the back of Princess’ house before I parked out in January. I told her I liked her.
“Whenever she had a chance, she would call me from a business centre and I would pick her up where she was, take her to the hotel and have sex with her.