Man, 39, accused of raping 11-yr-old girl

Lagos—The Police yesterday charged a man, Dunstan Ukaga, 39, before a Lagos Chief Magistrate’s Court, sitting at Ebute-Metta, for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl (names withheld).
The suspect, who is facing a count-charge of having unlawful carnal knowledge of the girl, preferred against him, was docked before Magistrate A. A.
Demi-Ajayi. The prosecutor, Deputy Superintendent Etim Ekankum, told the court that the defendant raped the minor several times between April 24 and September 28, at his residence at Road 311, Block 2, flat 6, at Festac Town area of the state.
He said the offence was punishable under Section 137 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
The defendant, who claimed to be a freelance journalist with a magazine, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Magistrate Demi-Ajayi admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of ₦500,000, with two sureties in like sum.
The magistrate ordered that the two sureties must deposit ₦30,000 each to account of the court’s Chief Registrar, and present to court evidence of three
years tax payment to Lagos State government. She also ordered that Ekankum duplicate the case file and forward it to the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, for advice. She adjourned the case to November 26 for the outcome of DPP’s advice.

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