A 40-year-old businessman, Cosmos Ajibo, who allegedly raped a 10-year-old girl, was on Monday charged before a Magistrates’ Court sitting in Kano.
The prosecutor, Insp. Junaidu Aminu, told the court that one Barira Isyaku reported the case to Takai Police Division on Jan. 19.
Aminu said that the accused committed the offence on Jan. 19, at about 5.00p.m in Unguwar Tsamiya Quarters, Takai Local Government.
He said that the accused had dragged the girl to his room when she went to buy biscuit from his shop and “forcefully had unlawful sexual intercourse with the victim, which caused her harm.”
The offence is punishable under Section 283 of the Penal Code.
Ajibo, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge of rape, and his counsel, Mr Casmir Agbueze, applied to the court for bail.
Senior Magistrate Kabiru Abubakar, granted the accused bail in the sum of N300, 000 with one surety in like sum.
He said both the accused and surety shall deposit two recent passport photographs with the court.
The case was adjourned to Oct. 20, for mention.(NAN)