The operatives of the Lagos State Police Command has arraigned a father of four, Leonard Ekeh, before a Lagos State Chief Magistrate Court, sitting at Bode Thomas area of the state, for allegedly raping an eight year-old minor.
Ekeh was docked before the court on two counts charge of unlawful sexual intercourse and indecent treatment of the minor.
The defendant was said to have committed the dastardly act at his residence, 20, Jacob Odeleye Street, Itire, Lagos.
According to the Police, the defendant committed the offence when the victim followed one of his children to watch television at his residence. Before committing the alleged crime, the accused allegedly sent his daughter out of the house.
The cry of the victim drew the attention of neighbours, who apprehended the defendant and handed him over to the police at Itire division of the force, from where he was arraigned in court, the Police said.
The offences according to the prosecutor, Sergeant, Cecilia Onojondor, are contrary to and punishable under sections 137 and 135 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
Meanwhile, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The trial Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Ipaye-Nwachukwu, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in the like sum.