A 29-year-old man, Stanley Bestman, on Wednesday appeared before an Abuja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly attempting to rape a woman, Naomi Haruna, on her farm.
The accused, who is of no fixed address, was charged for criminal assault and criminal force with intent to rape Haruna at Daki-Biyu village, Jabi, Abuja on Aug. 30.
The police prosecutor, Cpl. Simon Emmanuel, alleged that Haruna was working on her farm with a baby strapped on her back when the accused suddenly emerged from the bush.
He said that the accused then grabbed her and pushed her to the ground and forced his finger into her private part with the intention to rape her.
Emmanuel further alleged that the accused ran way when the victim raised an alarm which attracted the attention of people who came to the scene of the alleged crime.
The prosecutor said the accused was subsequently trailed and apprehended by neighbouring farmers who took him to the Life Camp Police Station.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty when Magistrate Idaiyat Akanni took his plea.
Akanni admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N100,000 with two reliable sureties.
She ordered that the sureties must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction and one of them must be a civil servant not below Grade Level 7.
The Magistrate adjourned the case to Sept. 20 for hearing.