by Adeola Balogun
A 12-year-old boy in Lagos has been arrested and taken before a court over allegations of rape.
The young boy was arraigned today after reports that he had indulged in forced intercourse with a 3-year-old girl.
The suspect is said to have committed the offence at his parents’ home in the Agege area of the state.
The Prosecutor, Insp Racheal Williams, told the court that the offence was committed on Dec. 2.
“The accused is neither a student nor learning any trade. He is living with his parents, while the victim is the daughter of his neighbour,” Williams said.
He said the accused carried the child into the bathroom and raped her.
“It was the cry of the child that attracted the child’s mother and the Police was alerted,” Williams said.
The offence, according to the prosecutor, contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty and the Magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, ordered the arrest of the accused’s parents.
He granted the boy bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till Dec. 20, for mention.