The cat was let out of the bag when the victim could not walk properly for days and, upon interrogation, told her mother that the accused bruised her while raping her.

On Wednesday, Yusuf appeared before a Jos Upper Area Court, sitting at Kasuwan Nama, where he is standing trial.

The prosecutor, E. A. Inegbenoise, during the arraignment, told the court that the victims’ father reported the matter at the Laranto police station, on March 17.

Inegbenoise alleged that the accused, in a confessional statement, owned up to the crime, but claimed that he did not penetrate her.

“The accused claimed that he only viciously fingered her,” the prosecutor alleged.

During the arraignment, however, the accused denied the allegation and was granted bail by the judge, Mustapha Yahaya, after his Counsel, David Adudu, prayed for it.

The prosecutor, however, objected to the bail, and expressed fear that the accused person would jump bail.

He explained that the offence was not bailable unless in special circumstances and in the interest of justice, and urged the court to reject the plea.

The judge, after listening to both parties, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N50,000 .

He ordered the accused to produce one surety who must be a guardian of the accused or a ward head residing within the jurisdiction of the court.

The matter was adjourned until July 21.