The judge was shocked when she saw the accused walk to the dock. She asked him if he realized the case which was being mentioned and the name which was read out.

The frail looking Francis Nwanchukwu walked gingerly to the dock got in and almost fell before he could respond "NOT GUILTY".

The 77 year old is facing a one-count charge of rape and abuse of three minors aged 10, 11 and 12.

The Prosecutor, Mrs Mbap, told the court that the accused committed the offence on different dates in November 2015 at his home in Angwan Gwada, Tudun Wada local council area.

“Sometimes in November 2016, the accused on different dates gave the minors aged 10, 11, and 12, some of his old clothes to take to his room.

“He did that in a bid to trap them in his room, when they entered, he would immediately follow them behind and rape them,” the prosecutor said.

She said that the illicit act was discovered when the minors mentioned the accused as one of those who molestes them when they were interrogated by their parents.

“It was gathered that the minors were also molested by another man who was caught right in the act.

“During interrogation, the victims mentioned the accused as one of those molesting them.

“The case was reported to the police and the accused was served a letter inviting him to report to the police station which he did,” she explained.

Justice Nafisa Musa, admitted the accused to bail considering his age and adjourned the case till May 9.