An Oredo Magistrates’ Court in Benin, Edo State, has ordered the remand of a 50-year-old man, Reuben Enosegbe, and his 16-year-old son, Destiny, for allegedly defiling a 10-year-old girl.
Reuben and Destiny had been arraigned before the court on one count bordering on unlawful carnal knowledge.
The prosecution had said the offence was committed in the Oredo area of the state.
The offence was said to be punishable under Section 218 of the Criminal Code Cap. 48, Vol. II, Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976, as applicable in Edo State.
The accused had pleaded not guilty to the charge, while their counsel, Nicholas Omobude, urged the court to grant them bail.
But the presiding magistrate, Efe Akhere, said the matter was not under her jurisdiction
The case was subsequently transferred to a family court where the bail request of the accused would be considered upon resumption on April 21.
The court, therefore, ordered that Reuben be remanded at the Oko Prison, while his son would be taken to the Children’s Remand Home in Ugbekun, Benin.