A 45-year-old man, Joseph Ave, who told the court that a 14-year-old girl is his girlfriend has been remanded today by a Kubwa Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja.
Ave was docked on a three-count charge bordering on abduction, gross act of indecency and causing public nuisance, offences he admitted committing.
The defendant said he had informed the father of the minor that he intends to marry her, since he is already having carnal knowledge of her.
The judge, Abdulwahab Mohammed, who ordered the remand of Ave in prison, adjourned the case until Oct. 8 for conviction and sentencing.
The prosecutor, Babajide Olanipekun, said Ave deceived the girl and took her away from her parents since Aug. 25, and moved her from one location to another.
He said that Ave defiled that minor on several occasions.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 272, 285 and 198 of the Penal Code.
The defence counsel, Moses Ugwummadu, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy, adding that Ave admitted committing the offences instead of wasting the time of the court.
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