A 20-year-old unemployed man, Victor Akinsola, who allegedly raped his neighbour’s 12-year-old daughter, was yesterday docked before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The accused is facing a charge of defilement.
According to the Prosecutor, Sgt. Raphael Donny, the offence was committed on July 26 at the accused’s apartment.
He said: “The accused, who resides at 12, Sunny Smile St., Ishashi in Berger on the outskirts of Lagos, saw the girl, a 12- year -old bathing at the back of the house, he forcefully entered the bathroom and defiled the girl.
“After having unlawful canal knowledge of the girl, the accused gave the victim N100 and told her not to tell anyone.
“The girl later told her elder sister, who informed their mother and the case was reported at the police station,’’ Donny said.
The offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Chief Magistrate Folakemi Davies-Abegunde granted the accused bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Davies–Abegunde, however, ordered the accused to pay N50, 000 into the court’s registrar’s account as part of the bail condition.
She adjourned the case until Oct. 6 for the State Director of Public Prosecutions’ advice.