A 50-year-old man and his son, aged 16 years, Reuben Enosegbe and Reuben Destiny have been arraigned before an Evboriaria Magistrate Court in Benin City for the alleged rape of a 10-year-old girl.
The accused pleaded not guilty before Chief Magistrate Efe Akhere
The duo was arraigned on a one-count charged with rape.
According to the prosecution, the offence is punishable under Section 218 of the Nigerian Criminal Code, Cap 48 Volume 2, under the laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria 1976, as applicable in Edo State.
Defence counsel, Mr Nicholas Omobude, who pleaded for their bail, argued that they were innocent of the crime until proven otherwise.
Omobude promised that the accused persons would not jump bail.
He also pleaded that the 2nd accused person is a minor and should be granted bail.
His effort to secure their bail was, however, turned down as Akhere said the matter would not be tried in his court.
The Magistrate thereafter transferred the case to a family court where the accused persons’ bail would be considered and adjourned until Wednesday, April 21.
Meanwhile, the father, being a first accused was remanded at Oko Prison, while his son who is a minor, was sent on an intern at the Children’s Remand Home, Ugbekun Quarters in Benin City.
This case follows a similar pattern with the case of a 70-year-old grandfather and his two sons, who were arraigned for allegedly defiling a nine-year-old girl in the same city.