By Martha Nuhu
Jos – An 18-year-old man, Isyaku Isyaku, on Wednesday appeared before a Plateau State High Court in Jos over alleged rape of a three year-old neighbour’s daughter.
The accused person, a resident of Naraguta village, Jos was charged with rape, an offence the prosecutor, Mrs. S. F. Dalyop, said contravened section 282(1), and punishable under section 283, of the Penal Code.
Isyaku has, however, denied the charge.
At the hearing of the case on Wednesday, Dalyop told the court that the accused committed the crime on Dec. 13, 2017, at Naraguta village.
“The accused, in a confessional statement, told the Police that he lured the girl into an uncompleted building and raped her.
“The accused also told investigators that the little girl was a neighbour’s daughter and was sitting in front of the family house when he lured her into following him into an uncompleted building.
“He further said that he placed the girl on his lap and had carnal knowledge of her, but ran out of luck when his brother caught him in the act.”
Dalyop further quoted the accused as saying that he was “just about to ejaculate” when his brother entered the building.
“The accused confessed that he ran away on sighting his brother but was apprehended by people that heard the brother screaming,” the prosecutor said.
The prosecutor told the court that a hospital examination had confirmed that the girl was actually defiled.
Dalyop said that if found guilty, the accused is liable to up to 21 years imprisonment.
The judge, Justice Nafisa Musa, adjourned the matter to March 2 for hearing and ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody. (NAN)