Saturday, 22 November 2014

Former NSE Boss Ndi Okereke’s Brother Arrested For Rape

Brother of a former Director - General of the Nigerian Stock Exchange NSE and cousin to a front-line Nollywood actress Prince Daniel Okereke, 37, has been arraigned before a Yaba Chief Magistrate’s Court, over alleged assault, threat to life and rape of Aronla, 300 level student of Computer Science at the University of Lagos, Akoka Yaba. 

The victim who had marks of strings on her back, hands and legs narrated how she escaped her rapist's home in Mende, Maryland in Ikeja area of Lagos State between on November 6;
“When he came visiting, I never knew he had something sinister in his mind until we got to his place. At the eatery, he ordered that the food be made take-away and asked me to go eat it in his place and at the same time rest before taking me back to the hostel.
Immediately we entered the room, he secured the door and I had supper and later asked to be taken back. But he said he must have sex with me. I tried to appeal to him to consider my state of health and take me back to campus.
Before I knew what was happening, he started beating me, forcing to have his way. As if that was not enough, he called in seven guards in the compound who assisted him and tied me down. He thereafter, went into his kitchen and brought out a knife, threatening to kill me if I resisted. He took me to one of the rooms where he brought out a condom and raped me.

Below is the report from Vanguard:

Two men Daniel Okereke 32 and Idris Abubakar 37 were yesterday arraigned before a Yaba Chief Magistrate’s Court, over alleged assault and rape and threat to life.
The defendants who are businessman and a security Guard respectively were docked before Magistrate Y. O Aje-Afunwa.

They are facing a five count charge bordering on conspiracy, assault, rape and threat to life preferred against them by the police. The police prosecutor Superintendent Godwin Anyanwu, told the court that the defendants committed the alleged offence on November 6, 2014.
He said that the incident took place at Mende, Maryland in Ikeja area of Lagos state between 2:30-11pm.
He said that the first defendant allegedly raped and assaulted one lady (names withheld).
Anyanwu also claimed that the defendant unlawfully had canal knowledge of the victim without her consent, adding that he beat her up with a brown belt and also threatened her with a knife.
According to the prosecutor, the offenses committed, contravened sections 409, 171, 261 and punishable under section 56 and 258 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Earlier, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. The defendants counsel, R. Amokea, urged the court to grant the defendants bail in the most liberal term, as the offence committed, was a bailable offence and that they were still presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The prosecutor Anyanwu objected to the bail application, on the grounds that the charges leveled against the defendants were charges of rape, sexual assault and occasional harm.
However, Magistrate Aje-Afunwa, granted the first defendant bail in the sum of N200,000, with one responsible surety in like sum, while the second defendant was admitted bail in the sum of N50,000, with one surety in like sum.
She also said that the surety must either be a relative, a cleric or a community leader.
The matter was adjourned till January 9, 2015, for trial.

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