24-year-old man arrested for raping 7-year-old girl

Matthew Edide, 24, was on Tuesday arraigned before an Ebute-Metta Chief Magistrate’s Court charged with defiling a seven-year-old girl.

The accused, who lives at No. 11, Adeleye Street, Ojo, Lagos, shares the same compound with the victim’s parents.

The Prosecutor, Etim Ekankuk, told the court that the crime was committed on June 27 at about 7.30 p.m.

When the charge was read out, the accused pleaded not guilty to it.

The offence contravenes Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The Chief Magistrate, A. A. Demi-Ajayi, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Mrs. Demi-Ajayi said the prosecutor should duplicate the case file for the Director of Public Prosecution’s advice.

The case was adjourned to September 24 for hearing.