A Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Kaduna, on Monday, ordered a 63-year-old man and three others, remanded in prison custody, pending legal advice from the Office of the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
They were all charged with allegedly raping a neigbour’s 10-year-old daughter.
The accused, Michael Idoko, 63, Sunday Ogbada, 57, Augustine Dominic, 23 and Udeh Augustine 25, all residents of Ungwan Teke Kakuri in Kaduna were arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and defilement.
The Magistrate, Ibrahim Emmanuel, gave the order, following an application by the Prosecutor, Asp. Chidi Oke,for the court to remand them after they were arraigned.
The magistrate adjourned the case until May 5, when the case would come up for mention
Earlier, Oke, had told the court that the accused’ neighbour, one Mrs. Abigail Na’allah reported the matter at the Kakuri Police Headquarters on Feb. 19.
The prosecutor, said that the complainant who returned from church, was told by some people that the accused had molested her 10-year-old daughter.
He alleged that when the complainant asked the 10-year-old, she revealed to her that the accused had molested her on different occasions.
According to the prosecutor, the accused persons confessed to the crime during police investigation.
Oke said the offence contravened Section 59 and 250 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law of 2017.