A 36-year-old labourer, Aliyu Lawal, on Monday appeared before a Lokoja Chief Magistrate’s Court charged with raping a five-year-old girl said to be his relation.
According to the Prosecutor, Mr Friday Shaibu, the case was reported at the Obajana Divisional Police Headquarters by one Usman Zaki of Hausa Quarters, Obajana, on Jan. 7.
Shaibu quoted Zaki as claiming that Lawal lured the girl into his room and had canal knowledge of her while he (Zaki) was at his shop.
Shaibu urged the court to adjourn the case to enable the police carry out more investigation.
In his ruling on Lawal’s bail application, the Chief Magistrate, Mr Levi Animoku, said that the accused should be remanded at Federal Prisons, Koton-Karfe and the case file transferred to Family Court II, Lokoja.
“The bail was not granted to the accused because of the nature of the offence; the propensity of the accused to elope justice is high,” he said.
Animoku adjourned the case until Feb. 13 for mention.(NAN)