Hussaini Thank-God, on Friday appeared before a Jos Upper Area Court for allegedly abducting and molesting a minor.
23-year-old Thank-God, who resides at Fuskar-Mata village in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau, appeared before Mallam Mustapha Hassan on a two-count charge of abduction and raping a 13-year-old girl.
Police say the accused committed the offence on January 21, but the mother of the victim only reported on Feb. 3, at about 2.30 p.m., at the Laranto police station.
According to the police report, the complainant informed the police that her 13-year-old daughter had left home to an unknown destination without her consent.
She said that her daughter was eventually traced to the house of the accused at Fuskar-Mata village, and that the accused refused to release her.
It stated that the police went to the house of the accused and arrested him for allegedly abducting the girl and having carnal knowledge of her.
The report disclosed further that during police investigation, it was discovered that the accused was the one that carried the said minor to his village without the permission of her parents.
It said that the accused had committed an offence contrary to sections 271 and 273 of the Penal Code.
The accused however pleaded not guilty to the charge and applied to the court for bail.
Mr Gokwat Ibrahim, Police Prosecutor, objected to the bail application of the accused on the ground that the matter was still under investigation.
The trial judge rejected the bail plea and remanded the accused him in prison while the case was adjourned to Feb. 28, 2013 [NAN]