By Onozure Dania
Lagos—A 23-year-old man, Animashaun Sodiq, who allegedly raped his neighbour, was, yesterday, granted N500,000 bail by an Ikeja magistrate’s court, Lagos.
The State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, Panti, Yaba, yesterday, arraigned Sodiq on a count charge of defilement before Magistrate B. O. Osusanmi.
The prosecutor, Mr. Simeon Imohnwa, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence at his residence, 28, Enialonbinu Street, Oshodi.
He said the incident took place at about 10a.m., on February 11.
“Sodiq asked the girl to bring a box of matches to him in his room, but when she came, he pounced on her and raped her,” he added.
Sodiq pleaded not guilty.
The defence counsel, Mrs Bibian Ayo, urged the court to grant him bail on liberal terms, since, according to her, he had been in Police custody since the case commenced.
In a bench ruling, Magistrate Osusanmi granted Sodiq N500,000 bail with two sureties in like sum, who must be tax compliant and one of who must own landed property in Lagos.
She adjourned the case till November 29.