A Nollywood actor, Tunde Amokeoja, and a civil servant friend, Samson Ayenioye, had landed in the remand as ordered by a Magistrate Court in Osogbo, Osun State over defilement of a minor.
The two friends were taken to the court by the police in the state after their arrest following their illicit act.
They were charged three count-charge of conspiracy, rape and indecent assault on the 16-year-old girl.
According to the charge sheet, the 46-year-old Ayenioye, and AmokeOja, aged 38, committed the offence in the month of February, 2020 at Latona area and Delightful Gold hotel Osogbo.
The police informed the court that duo conspired, indecently assaulted and unlawfully have carnal knowledge of the girl.
The offences committed by the accused persons were said to be contrary to and punishable under section 31(1)(2) of the Child Right Law of Osun state 2007, section 516 and 360 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol ll Law of Osun State 2002.
ASP of Police, Idoko John had appeared for the prosecution before a lawyer from the Osun State Ministry of Justice, Bankole Awoyemi made an oral application to take over the prosecution of the matter.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the allegations preferred against them.
A team of defense counsels led by Mr Bola Ige made an oral application for the bail of the accused persons in the most liberal and affordable term.
Ige said the accused persons will provide reliable sureties if granted bail.
Awoyemi, the Principal State Counsel did not object the bail application but left it to the discretion of the court.
Magistrate Opeyemi Badmus approved the request of the Ministry of Justice to take over the prosecution of the matter and ordered the police prosecutor to handover the case file to the State Counsel.
Badmus bemoaned incessant rape cases in the country stressing that it is rampant. He said “cases of rape are rampant and we should put a stop to it. We hold the society that duty.”
Then, the Magistrate ordered the remand of the accused persons in Ilesa correctional center over defilement of a minor.
He, however, adjourned the case till November 4, 2020 for ruling on formal bail application.