The family of a 12-year-old girl residing at Laranto in Jos, Plateau state must be regretting their action for employing a 20-year old boy, Aminu Musa as their house boy.
The alleged rapist, Amino has appeared before a Jos Upper Area Court on a one-count charge of rape.
According to the police First Information Report (FIR), the accused committed the offence on Dec. 31, 2012, at about 12 noon, stating that Aminu took advantage of the absence of his master and lured the girl into an unoccupied room in the compound and raped her, committing an offence that was contrary to Section 387 of the Penal Code.
The FIR stated that the father of the girl(name withheld) reported the matter to the Laranto police station on the same date at about 2.00 p.m.
“Unable to bear the pains from the act, the victim raised an alarm that attracted some people to the crime scene.
“The father of the victim later reported the matter to the Laranto police station, Jos which prompted the arrest of the accused,” the FIR added.
It was reported that the victim was rushed to the Kauna Hospital, Jos, for treatment.
However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge when read to him, and pleaded to the court for bail. He also claimed that he was “framed-up by his enemies.”
The Prosecuting Police Officer, Mr Gokwat Ibrahim, told the court that the police were still investigating the matter and were waiting for the medical report from the hospital. Ibrahim appealled to the court for another date to prove the case against the accused “beyond reasonable doubt.”
The trial Judge, Malam Mustapha Hassan, rejected the bail application and ordered that the accused be remanded in prison. He adjourned the case to Feb 1, for continuation.