By Opeyemi Aremu-Gbemiro, Ado-Ekiti.
An Ekiti State Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ado Ekiti has ordered the remand of a man, Olorunfemi Adebowale, 25, at the correctional centre in Ado Ekiti, for raping a 13-year-old minor.
In his ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mr Saka Afunsho, ordered that the defendant be remanded at the correctional centre, pending the receipt of a legal advice on the case from the State Director of Public Prosecutions.
He adjourned the case until Oct. 17 for mention.
The Police Prosecutor, Insp. Olumide Bamigbade, told the court that defendant committed the offence on May 16 in Ikole-Ekiti.
Bamigbade said that the defendant, a “Shepherd” (minister) at the Celestial Church of Christ in the Ikole-Ekiti area, lured the victim into sexual relationship and had sexual intercourse with her several times.
The prosecutor said the offence was punishable under Section 31(2) of the Child Rights Laws of Ekiti State, 2021.
He urged the court to remand the defendant to enable the police to conclude their investigation and forward the duplicate case file to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.