A 37-year-old man, Monday Okoh accused of raping his neighbour’s nine-year-old daughter (name withheld) was on Monday arraigned before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrate’s Court on three counts.
The police said Okoh who committed the crime on Onifade Street, Aboru-Ipaja area of Lagos State reportedly injured the girl in the forehead and damaged her lower limbs while defiling the minor.
The suspect was, however, arrested by the police after committing the act.
The charge reads, “That you, Monday Okoh, on June 15, 2014, at about 8pm, at Onifade Street, Aboru, Iyana-Ipaja Lagos in the Lagos Magisterial District, did indecently assault one (nane witheld), aged 9 years, with intent to have carnal Knowledge of her and cause her bruises on her forehead and lower limbs.
The police prosecutor, DSP Etim Ekankuk, said the offences were punishable under sections 134, 137 and 135 of the Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. A.A. Demi-Ajayi, admitted him to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum. The matter was adjourned till September 17.
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The high rate of rape cases these days is becoming a serious matter of concern. Its no wonder the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire called for life imprisonment, without an option of fine, for convicted rapist.
Sources: Naij.com news, Punch Nigeria