Inspector Nurudeen Thomas, the prosecutor, told the court that the accused committed the offence sometime in May at Maduko Street, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Thomas said the accused, who is a builder, was working at a site close to the eight-year-old girl’s house, where he sighted her.

“The girl went to their neighbour’s house to play when the parents went out and that was where the accused saw her and lured her to project site to rape her.”

According to him, the police have evidence to establish that the accused violated the girl.

Lekan, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge, describing the allegation as “laughable’’.

He said medical analysis had certified him impotent, adding “I am innocent of the charge as I have never had an erection in my life.’’

The accused asked the court to grant him bail, but it was opposed by the prosecutor.

In her ruling, Chief Magistrate Kikelomo Ayeye granted the accused bail in the sum N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The case was adjourned until October 11.

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