A magistrate court in Port Harcourt has remanded one Promise Cletus, 32 years over charges bordering on alleged taking away of 15 months old child.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge and the Chief Magistrate remanded the defendant and adjourned to January 21, 2022 for hearing.
Our correspondent reports that the defendant had no legal representation while Jane O.A. James Esq and Esther Anchor Korienta was holding brief for Legal Care Advocacy Foundation and International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) respectively on behalf of the complainant.
Recall that the Chief Magistrate Court presided over by Chief Magistrate F. N. Amanze in Port Harcourt had remanded Wigoh Enuolara father of twelve year old defilement survivor for allegedly collecting 800,000 naira from an accused Collins Azunna aged 39 years who allegedly defiled his twelve year old child.
When the suspect was brought for arraignment, the defence lawyer Edwin Woka informed the court that the father of the child had collected 800,000 naira from the family of the suspect that the suspect was only charged to court because he refused to be extorted further by the father of the twelve year old girl.
Correspondent reports that E. B. Igwe, lawyer holding brief for Wigoh Enuolara told the court his client did not agree to settlement but the Investigating Police Officer at Eleme Police Division pressured his client according to what his client told him.
Chief Magistrate Amanze after going through the case files of the accused and nominal complainant at Eleme Police Division and State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) noted that there is a document showing that the father of the twelve year old girl collected money and wrote withdrawal at Eleme Police Division
Chief Magistrate ordered the accused Collins Azunna and the father of the twelve year old girl be remanded at Port Harcourt Correctional Centre and adjourned to January 13th, 2022.
The accused and the father of the girl are expected to be arraigned on the adjournment date.
Meanwhile Prince Wiro of Centre For Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign who has been following up the matter welcomed the decision of the court .
Also Achor Korienta of FIDA, Rivers branch in her contribution said the decision of the court will serve as deterrent to others .