A father and his son, aged 50 and 16 respectively, have been arraigned at Evboriaria Magistrate Court in Benin City, the Edo State capital, for allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl.
The duo were arraigned on a one-count charge each.
The accused persons, Reuben Enosegbe and Reuben Destiny, pleaded not guilty before Chief Magistrate Efe Akhere.
Defence counsel Barrister Nicholas Omobude, who pleaded for their bail, argued that they were innocent of the crime until proven otherwise.
The lawyer promised that the accused persons will not jump bail.
He also pleaded that the second accused person is a minor and should be granted bail.
His effort to secure their bail was, however, not successful, as the Chief Magistrate said the matter will not be tried in his court.
Akhere transferred the case to a family court where the accused persons’ bail will be considered upon resumption on Wednesday April 21, 2018.
In the meantime, the father as first accused would be remanded at Oko Prison, while his son who is a minor will be interned at Children’s Remand Home, Ugbekun Quarters in Benin City.