Man, 25, in court for alleged rape

A 25-year-old unemployed, Sunday Salami, on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday for alleged rape.

The accused is facing a charge of allegedly raping his neighbour’s daughter.

The prosecutor, Insp. Clifford Ogu, told the court that the accused committed the offence on May 11 in his residence at Burahimo Street, Bariga in Lagos State.

Ogu said that the accused invited a 14-year-old girl, daughter of his neighbour, into his room on the pretext that he was sending her on an errand.

“The accused shut the door at her and raped her,” he said.

Ogu said that the girl told her mother, who reported the case to the police which led to the arrest of the accused.

The offence contravened Section 259 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the law provides that any person, who contravenes the section “is guilty of a felony and liable to imprisonment for life’’.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.

The chief magistrate, Mrs Taiwo Akanni, granted the accused to a bail of N25,000 with one surety in like sum.

Akanni adjourned the case until June 19 for a mention.

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