Man – 57, rapes girl, 8-yr-old

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A 57-year-old man, Aminu Ibrahim, has been re-arraigned before a Jos Upper Area Court for allegedly luring an eight-year-old girl into his shop with 50 kobo and Viju milk drink before raping her.

Ibrahim, who hails from Goda Sagai community in the Jos North Local Government Area, Plateau State, was charged with criminal intimidation and rape.

He was previously arraigned on May 26 this year for the same crime.

The prosecutor, Inspector E.A. Inegbenoise, of the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, had told the court that the mother of the victim reported the matter at the Nasarawa Gwong Divisional Police Headquarters on April 26.

According to him, the accused lured the girl into his shop with 50 kobo and Viju milk drink and then raped her.

He said that the mother of the child noticed that her daughter was walking with difficulty, which made the victim to tell her mother what had happened to her.

The prosecutor explained that the victim told her mother that the accused said he would kill her if she told anyone.

He said the girl, thereafter, led her parents to the shop of the accused and identified a bench he used during the raping.

Inegbenoise further explained that during police investigation, the accused admitted to have committed to having committed the crime.

The Judge, Mr. J.Yahaya, however, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of 200, 000 and a surety in like sum.

Yahaya ruled that the surety must be a ward head, residing within the jurisdiction of the court.

However, the case which was assigned for continuation of hearing could not hold as judges of the lower courts are currently on strike. The matter was adjourned to July 21 for continuation of hearing.