A 26-year-old final year student of the University of Jos, Nnamdi Nwocha, yesterday appeared before a Kaswar-Nama Upper Area Court for allegedly raping a minor.
Nnamdi, a resident of Zarama Close, Farin-gada, Jos, appeared before Malam Mustapha Hassan on a one-count charge of rape.
Prosecutor Gokwat Ibrahim told the court that one Mrs Chidimma Amadi reported to the Laranto Police Station, Jos, on July 27, at about 5.25 p.m. that the accused had raped her sister.
Ibrahim alleged that the accused committed the offence after the complainant had gone out of the compound she shared with the accused.
“The minor informed her that the accused lured her into his room under the pretext of sending her on an errand and raped her.
“The accused capitalised on the innocence of the minor and took her to his room where he had canal knowledge of her,’’ the prosecutor told the court.
Ibrahim said the accused had committed an offence contrary to Section 283 of the Penal Code Law.
When the case came up for hearing, Nwocha pleaded not guilty to the charge.
His counsel, Mr S.N. Abendigo, applied to the court to grant his client bail, pointing out that the offence was bailable.
Abendigo assured the court that Nnamdi would not jump bail nor would he tamper with police investigation.
The judge granted the accused bail in the sum of N30, 000 with a reliable surety who must reside within the jurisdiction of the court.
Hassan said the surety must possess a landed property within the Jos metropolis and should deposit his national identity card with the court.
He adjourned the case to September 15 for hearing. (NAN)