A council worker at the Alimosho Local Government Area, Bunujo Jonathan, has been  arrested by the police and arraigned before the Ejigbo Magistrate’s Court for  allegedly raping a nine year old girl.

The 50-year old Bunujo was alleged to have lured the little girl, daughter of a  police sergeant, to his apartment and had carnal knowledge of her.

The incident happened at 1, Arogbonyawo compound, Macauley, Igando, an outskirts of  Lagos where the defendant and the victim’s parents reside.

P.M.NEWS gathered that the defendant took the victim into his apartment in the  evening when her parents have not returned from work and forcefully removed her  underwear. He was reportedly having fun with the girl when her parents returned from  work and started looking for her.

In order to cover up the shameful act, the defendant, P.M.NEWS gathered, hid the  girl in his room and joined the parents in looking for her.

As the search continued, the little girl reportedly started shouting inside the room  of the accused. On hearing her cries, the door to the defendant’s room was forced  open and she came out.

She narrated to her parents what the defendant did to her and the matter was  reported at the Igando Police Station. The defendant was arrested and charged before  the Ejigbo Magistrate’s Court with rape, an offence punishable under Section 218 of  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 him  bail  in the sum of N200,000 with two responsible sureties.

The matter has been adjourned till 2 February, 2011 while the defendant was remanded  in prison custody, pending the fullfilment of the bail conditions.

—Cyriacus Izuekwe

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