Youth Corps members
By Yinka Kolawole
A traditional ruler in Obokun Local Government Area of Osun State, the Alowa of Ilowa-Ijesa, Oba Adebukola Alli who has been standing trial for allegedly raping a 23-year-old ex-member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), (name withheld) has denied forcing her victim to bed maintaining that it was not their first time of making love and that they always enjoy the act.
The monarch who was slammed with a count charge of having carnal knowledge of the ex-corps member that served in his domain in 2011 also told Justice Oyejide Falola of the Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo that the victim was his wife and that they usually have sexual intercourse both in his palace and his private residence in Osogbo where the incident allegedly took place.
His words: “The lady is my lover, I did not rape her and that was not our first time of having sexual intercourse, she is my wife but I was surprised when I got to the police station over the allegation. She slept with me from 25th to 26th March, 2011 and I got to know that she had reported me to the police on Monday, 28th March, 2011.
“I met the ex-corps member during the induction course going on in Ibokun. On the day in question, 25th March, 2011, both of us left Ilowa to Osogbo where we branched at Osun groove in order to replicate the groove at Ilowa historical site.
“After we left Osun Groove, we drove down to my private residence where we spent the night and when it was 10:30 to 11pm, she removed her jacket and she told me to help her and loose her underwear from her back, which I did and I discovered that she was not wearing any bra, she then took off her skirt and pants herself and we started making love. After making love that night which lasted without struggle, I drove her back the next day to Ilowa.
“But I was surprised on Monday, 28th March when I was invited to the police station over the allegation of raping her. She is my regular visitor to Ilowa palace and my private house in Osogbo. Even many people including my brothers and other Obas knew about our relationship.”
Alli, who was led in witness by his counsel, Taofeek Tewogbade stunned the court when he revealed that the police demanded for the sum of N400, 000 in order to dissuade the victim from continuing the case.