An Ado Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court has remanded a 23-year-old man, Tobi Aremu, in prison custody for allegedly raping a 5-year-old girl (name withheld).
Police prosecutor, Sgt. Bankole Olasunkanmi, informed the court that Aremu committed the offence on September 20 at Efon Alaaye, headquarters of Efon Local Government Area of the state.
He explained that the accused, on the said date, unlawfully defiled the minor which led to her being hospitalized for the bruises sustained during the attack.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 218 of the Criminal Code Cap C16, Laws of Ekiti State 2012.
According to him, the case file has been forwarded to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.
The plea of the accused was not taken as his counsel, Chris Omokhafe, sought for a short adjournment pending the legal advice from the office of the DPP.
Presiding Chief Magistrate Idowu Ayenimo who expressed concern on the soaring rate of rape of minors across the country ordered the remand of the accused at the Federal Prisons, Ado Ekiti till the outcome of advice from the DPP.
He subsequently adjourned the case to November 4 for further hearing.