A Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ore, Ondo State, on Tuesday remanded a man, Peter Moses, in custody for allegedly impregnating his daughter.
Thirty six-year-old Moses allegedly committed the offence between November 2020 and January 2021 in Asewele Korede town in the Odigbo Local Government Area of the state.
He was arraigned before the court on two counts bothering on unlawful sexual intercourse.
But the defendant pleaded not guilty to the two charges levelled against him, urging the court to temper justice with mercy.
The charges read partly, “That you Peter Moses, between November, 2020 and January 2021 at Asewele Korede camp, via Ore, in the Ore Magisterial District did unlawfully have sexual intercourse with one Peter Patience, aged 17; thereby committing an offence contrary to section 31 sub-section (1) and punishable under section 31 sub-section (2) of Part 3 of Child’s Right Acts of Federal Republic of Nigeria 2003.”
Police prosecutor, Jimoh Amuda, who told the court the police had just commenced investigations into the matter, asked for adjournment to enable the police complete investigation, as well as seek legal advice from the state Ministry of Justice.
Magistrate F.O. Omofolarin ordered that the defendant be remanded in a correctional service centre and adjourned the case till February 21.