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Police arraigns clergy for alleged rape of minor

A 55-year-old Pastor, Adeyemo Samuel has been arraigned at the Federal High Court, Osogbo, for allegedlly having canal knowledge of a minor.

The accused was alleged to have had sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old girl who was kept with him in his Church.

According to the charge sheet read in the court, the accused committed the purported crime at Ajanaku Street, Gbongan, in Ayedaade local government area of Osun state.

He was alleged to have forcefully had intercourse with the girl for two years, and thereby committed an offence contrary to the law.

The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charge of rape preferred against him.

He explained that the girl had been living with him for a long time saying the mother of the girl brought her to him since she was in primary six and her parents were in the village.

He explained that she along other young people were with him in the Church and was responsible for her education, but later confirmed she was not always in school whenever she left home for that purpose.

Counsel to the accused, Mr. Abiodun Adebiyi, urged the court to grant his client bail, promising that he would stand his trial.

Justice Maurine Onyetenu, granted the accused person bail in the sum of N20million with two sureties in like sum.

She said one of the sureties must be a civil servant of not less than level 14 and the sureties should submit their bank account to the court.

The court adjourned the matter to November 19 for hearing.

Akinola Adenitan

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