14th December, 2010
A council worker at the Alimosho Local Government Area, Bunujo Jonathan, has beenÂ arrested by the police and arraigned before the Ejigbo Magistrateâ€™s Court forÂ allegedly raping a nine year old girl.
The 50-year old Bunujo was alleged to have lured the little girl, daughter of aÂ police sergeant, to his apartment and had carnal knowledge of her.
The incident happened at 1, Arogbonyawo compound, Macauley, Igando, an outskirts ofÂ Lagos where the defendant and the victimâ€™s parents reside.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the defendant took the victim into his apartment in theÂ evening when her parents have not returned from work and forcefully removed herÂ underwear. He was reportedly having fun with the girl when her parents returned fromÂ work and started looking for her.
In order to cover up the shameful act, the defendant, P.M.NEWS gathered, hid theÂ girl in his room and joined the parents in looking for her.
As the search continued, the little girl reportedly started shouting inside the roomÂ of the accused. On hearing her cries, the door to the defendantâ€™s room was forcedÂ open and she came out.
She narrated to her parents what the defendant did to her and the matter wasÂ reported at the Igando Police Station. The defendant was arrested and charged beforeÂ the Ejigbo Magistrateâ€™s Court with rape, an offence punishable under Section 218 ofÂ the Criminal Code, Cap.17, Vol.2, Laws of Lagos State.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge and the magistrate, Mrs. S.O. Solebo granted himÂ bailÂ in the sum of N200,000 with two responsible sureties.
The matter has been adjourned till 2 February, 2011 while the defendant was remandedÂ in prison custody, pending the fullfilment of the bail conditions.