Court remands 25-year-old man for allegedly raping mentally challenged

An Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State on Wednesday ordered that a 25-year-old man, Momodu Okunola, who allegedly raped a mentally challenged girl, be remanded in a correctional centre pending legal advice.
The police charged Momodu, who lives in Omi-Adio, Ibadan, with rape.
Chief Magistrate O.O. Ogunkanmi did not take the plea of the defendant as the court had no jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
Ogunkanmi, who ordered that Momodu be remanded in Agodi Correctional Centre, also ordered that the case file be returned to the Director of Public Prosecution.
She adjourned the matter until February 7 for mention.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Inspector Sikiru Opaleye, told the court that on January 8 at about 11:30am, Momodu allegedly raped a mentally challenged woman.
The offence, Opaleye said, contravened the provisions of Section 218 of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State 2000.