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SS 1 pupil charged with raping co-tenant’s seven-year-old daughter

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A 14-year-old secondary school pupil, who allegedly defiled his neighbour’s seven-year-old daughter, is facing trial at an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The accused, who resides with his parents on Odo Oba Street, Bariga, Lagos, is being tried for defilement, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The accused, according to Police Prosecutor Raphael Donny, broke into the toilet where the underage girl was defecating and defiled her.

He said the accused committed the offence sometime in December 2016 at their tenement building.

“It was the cry of the girl that alerted the mother, who immediately rushed to the scene.

“When the mother saw bloodstains on the child’s clothes, she shouted, but efforts to apprehend the boy were unsuccessful as he ran away from the house.

“The case was reported at the Bariga Police Station, while the boy was later sighted at Agege and arrested by the police.”

The accused, however, denied the charge.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. D. Abegunde, admitted the accused to N300,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

Abegunde, however, ordered that the accused should be remanded in the Boys Correctional Centre, Oregun, Ikeja, until when the bail conditions would be met.

Before adjourning the case tilll June 5, she directed that the case file should be duplicated and a copy sent to the State Director of Public Prosecutions for advice.

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