A 65 years old man has been remanded in prison custody by an Oredo Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State, yesterday for raping a 9 years old girl.
The man identified as Benjamin Amadi was accused of raping a minor, an offence he allegedly committed on January 13, 2014 at a house between 1st and 2nd East Circular Road, Benin City.
However, Mr. Amadi pleaded not guilty to the one count charge preferred against him, which is punishable under Section 218 of the Criminal Code.
The presiding Chief Magistrate, Peter Asemota said the accused person’s bail would be considered in the course of the trial.
In a reaction, coordinator of the Edo State Child Protection Network (CPN), Jennifer Ero, said the fight against sexual and other related forms of abuse on children is a continuous one that must be won and called on citizens and residents of the state and other stakeholders to be committed to the cause with a view to discouraging child molesters, even as she urged them to report such cases to the police for necessary.
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