A 55-year old man identified as Mr Oliver Ugbaga, was yesterday arraigned at a Makurdi Magistrates’ Court for raping a minor.
It was gathered that the accused was a retired Police officer, he was charged with “Procuration of a Minor and Rape’’ an offence punishable under Sections 276 and 284 of the Penal Code Laws of Benue State, 2004.
The Prosecutor on the matter, Sergeant Regina Ishaya, told the court that a petition by one Mrs Grace Okoha of Iniongum, Wadata, Makurdi, addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Benue Command, was received on December 14, 2018, adding that the petitioner stated that her 14-year-old daughter went out on December 7, 2018, but did not come back.
“She stated that all efforts to trace her whereabouts proved abortive until December 8, 2018, when the accused came to her house and told her that he had taken the girl as his wife.
“The petitioner further stated that the accused thereafter, warned her not to report the matter to anybody,’’ she said.
According to the prosecutor the accused was arrested during police investigation and he confessed committing the crime.
She also informed the court that investigation into the matter was in progress and pleaded for adjournment to give time for the investigation to be concluded.
Mr Prince Agbo, counsel to the accused, applied for bail for his client, promising to comply with the bail conditions.
However, the Magistrate, Mr Peter Chaha, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N100, 000 and a surety in like sum.