A Magistrate’s Court in Makurdi on Wednesday ordered that a 24-year-old farmer, Menage Young, who allegedly defiled a 12-year-old girl, be remanded in a correctional Centre.
The police charged Young, who resides in Akpagher Mbatyav Gboko Local Government Area of Benue, with defilement.
The Magistrate, Mrs Cynthia Ikpe, who did not take the plea of Young, for want in a jurisdiction.
ordered the police to return the case to the Benue Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.
Ikpe adjourned the case until July 9.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Sgt Ato Godwin told the court that the case was reported by the complainant, Igbakura Vembe of Akpagher Mbatyav Gboko LGA of Benue at ‘A’ Division Police station, Gboko on June 21.
Ato further told the court that Young accosted the minor on her way home from her uncle’s house and defiled her.
During the police investigation, he said that Young confessed to the crime.
The prosecution said the investigation into the matter was still in progress and asked the court for another date.
He said the offence contravened Section 284 of the Penal Code Law of Benue 2004. (NAN)