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Nigerian Man, 56, Arraigned Over Rape Of Girl, 13

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A 56-year-old man, Chukwudi Anonike, has been arraigned before an Ebute Metta Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, charged with raping a 13-year-old girl.

Anonike, who resides at No. 2, Ola Street, Abaraje in Ikotun, near Lagos, is facing a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse.

The prosecutor, Insp R. Odigie, said the crime was committed on November 2, at about 12:00 pm at the residence of the accused.

He said the girl lived with her aunty in the same compound as the accused.

“The accused said the victim was a regular visitor to his room and anytime she visited always undressed and they do have sexual intercourse which caused her injuries.

He said that the girl, however, accused Anonike of having sex with her on regular basis.

“The girl’s aunty noticed that the girl is always feeling weak and tired and she took her to the hospital to run a test,” Odigie said.

He said the offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.A. Demi-Ajayi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum. She adjourned the case to January 15, 2014.

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