By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
A 40-year-old man, Kamoru Shittu has been arraigned before Magistrate Court 4 sitting in Osogbo, Osun state by men of Osun state police for allegedly raping a 21-year-old deaf and dumb girl in her school toilet.
The victim is said to be an SS3 student of the handicapped school in Osogbo.
But the state government recently renamed the school: “Secondary school of Persons With Special Needs.”
Shittu, pressed with two count-charge bothering on rape and unlawful assault of the victim identified as Olurunnifise Deborah was docked on Thursday, April 28, 2016.
The charge sheet obtained by our correspondent reads in part: “That you Kamoru Shittu, aged 40, on the 7th of March, 2016 at about 10:00pm at State of Osun Secondary School for persons with Special Needs, Osogbo did have unlawful carnal knowledge of one female, Olorunifise Deborah, aged 21, a deaf and dumb student of the school.”
“That you (accused person) on same date and place did unlawfully and indecently assault one Olorunifise Deborah.”
The Police prosecutor, Mereti Wilson, a Supritendent of Police informed the court that Shittu committed the offence contrary to Section 357 and punishable under Sections 358 and 360 of the criminal code, cap 34, vol. II, laws of Osun state of Nigeria, 2003.
But Shittu pleaded not guilty to the charges and his lawyer, Bola Ige applied for his bail arguing that the constitution presumed him innocent until the contrary is proved.
However, the presiding Magistrate, Mrs. A. A. Olowolagba granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in the same amount.
The Magistrate ruled that the one of the sureties must be civil servant of grade level 8 and above while the other one must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction.
She added that the sureties must possess three years tax clearance certificates while the addresses of the sureties must be verified by the police prosecutor.
The case was adjourned till May 19, 2016 for mention.