Justice Geraldine Ono Imadegbelo of a Benin High Court, Criminal Division has remanded a 34-year-old Efoghe Sunday Osamudiamen at Oko Correctional Centre for alleged sexual exploitation of a 14-year-old girl in Benin City.
Imadegbelo remanded the suspect till May 10, 2023, when the case would come up for further mention.
According to Nigerian Tribune, the remand was a sequel to an exparte motion brought before the court by the Benin Zonal office of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on a two-court charge.
Efoghe was charged with the alleged procurement of the victim for sexual exploitation, contrary to Section 16 (1) of the Trafficking Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.
The suspect was also said to have in 2018 procured a 19-year-old girl, who was then 14 years, for sexual exploitation with himself.
He was accused to have procured the victim for pornographic performance contrary to Section 17 of Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration.
Counsel to NAPTIP, Aburoh, Victoria Okaniguan (Mrs.), told the court that a friend of the victim on April 13, reported to the agency that the victim was sexually exploited by the suspect. She added that the suspect subsequently used her for pornographic performance and uploaded the pornographic video into the internet.
Victoria also added that the victim then narrated her ordeal with the respondent and petitioned NAPTIP Benin Command that the suspect procured the victim for himself and started having canal knowledge of her from the age of 14 years.
The counsel, however, prayed the court to grant an order granting the detention of the suspect in the Correctional Center pending the conclusion of the investigation of the offence of Human Trafficking against the suspect. In her ruling, Justice Geraldine Ono Imadegbelo ordered the remand of the suspect at Oko Correctional Centre for two weeks.