A 38-year-old businessman, Simon Emeka, has been ordered by a Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, to be remanded in Makurdi Correctional Centre for allegedly raping his seven-month-old daughter, Prosper Emeka.
According to the Police Prosecuting Officer, Friday Kanshio, on June 1, one Josephine Habba of No 34 Modern Market Road, Makurdi, went to the Nigerian Police Force ‘D’ Division Makurdi and lodged a complaint, that on the same date, she went to Jestic Hospital in Makurdi with her daughter for treatment and she heard one Favour Emeka crying and telling a nurse that her seven-month-old baby girl named Prosper Emeka was raped by her husband.
He said during Police investigation, the said Simon Emeka was arrested for committing the crime which is contrary to section 391 and 284 of the penal code law of Benue State.
During the case on Friday, no plea was taken for want of jurisdiction.
But the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge as the Police Prosecuting Officer requested for another date to enable the prosecution to prove its case since investigation into the matter was still ongoing.
Magistrate Isaac Ajim agreed with the officer and ordered that the accused be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Service.
He therefore adjourned the case till August 31, 2020, for further mention.