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Friday Azala, a 65-year-old man, was on Tuesday remanded in prison custody by an Egor Magistrates' Court, for allegedly r*ping his friend's 12-year-old daughter.

NAN reports that Mr. Azala was accused of r*ping the girl at No. 6, Agho Street, off Textile Mill road, Benin, on April 9, 2017.

According to the prosecutor, Ben Omoruyi, the accused is a friend to the victim's father, who is bed-ridden, and always comes to the house on the pretence of seeing his friend.

Mr. Omoruyi told the court that the accused had raped the girl "several times before he was caught in the act."

He also said the accused always lured the girl with N20, to have his way.

When his plea was taken, Mr. Azala, however, pleaded not guilty.

The accused said he only embraced the girl and had never had s*x with her.

"I did no such thing as having canal knowledge of her, I embrace her only on five occasions, and I also released on those occasions.

"I'm only been lied against by her mother because we had a misunderstanding. We are neighbours."

The Chief Magistrate, Igho Braimah, who ordered Mr. Azala to be remanded in prison, adjourned the case till April 19, for hearing.

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