The police have arraigned 25-year-old painter, Hamzat Afeez, for allegedly raping a three-year-old girl in the Egbeda area of Lagos State.

He was arraigned on one count of rape at the Ebute Meta Chief Magistrate’s Court.

Afeez allegedly took the victim’s younger sister into his room while their mother washed clothes in the house.

The victim was said to have followed Afeez into his room in a bid to play with her sister.

The suspect raped her.

She was said to have narrated the incident to her parents, who alerted policemen from the Gowon Estate Police Station.

The suspect, in an attempt to cover up the case, offered to compensate the victim’s family with N100, 000 as payment for her medical bills.

He was said to have been subsequently granted bail by the police.

He was arraigned on one count of rape.

The charge reads, “That you, Hamzat Afeez aka AZ, on December 13, 2014, at about 2.45pm at Remi Ogunjimi Street, Egbeda, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did have sexual intercourse with a minor, three-year-old, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.”

He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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

The victim, her sister and mother, had been taken into custody by the Lagos State Government, pending when a permanent relocation arrangement would be made for them.


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