Mr Simon Emeka, a 38-year-old man, was detained by a Makurdi Chief Magistrate Court for allegedly raping his daughter who is just seven-month old.
The police prosecutor, Sergeant Friday Kanshio, told the court at the hearing on Friday that on June 1st, 2020, one Josephine Habba of number 34 Modern Market Road Makurdi went to the Makurdi Division of the Nigerian Police Force ‘D’ and reported the matter.
“In her account, she said she and her daughter went to the Jestic Hospital in Makurdi on the same date for treatment and she heard one Mrs. Favour Emeka crying and telling a nurse that her husband Simon Emeka had raped her seven-month – old baby girl.”
During the police investigation, Kanshio said that Simon Emeka was arrested for committing the crime “which is contrary to section 391 and 284 of the Benue State Penal Code Act.”
No plea for lack of jurisdiction was taken and the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.
However, the Police Prosecutor told the court that the investigation into the matter was still progressing and asked the court for another date to enable the prosecution to prove their case.
In his ruling, the Magistrate trial, Mr. Isaac Ajim remitted the accused to the Nigerian Correctional Service for further mention and adjourned the case to 31 August 2020.