A 20 year old trader, known as Suleiman Usman, allegedly defiled a 13-year-old girl. A Magistrates’ Court in Makurdi on Thursday ordered that Usman be remanded in a correctional centre, awaiting legal advice.
The prosecution counsel, ASP Michael Iorundu earlier informed the court that the plaintiff, Salamatu Isah reported the matter at the ‘A’ Division Police Station, Makurdi on Oct. 4, 2020.
The police charged the defendant with defilement punishable under the provisions of Section 284 of the Penal Code of Benue, 2004.
The Magistrate J.O. Avia, did not take the plea of Usman, for want of jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
Avia ordered the police to return the case file to the Benue Director of Public Prosecutions for legal guidance.
The magistrate adjourned the matter until Nov. 20, for further mention
The victim’s mother, sent her daughter on an errand on Oct 4, but on her way, Usman dragged her into his room and defiled her.
The prosecution counsel stated that investigation into the matter was still ongoing and requested for an adjournment.