A 38-year-old man, Simon Emeka, has been charged for raping his seven-month-old daughter by a magistrate’s court in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
Simon Emeka, currently in a correctional Centre.
Police prosecuting officer Sergeant Friday Kanshio told the court at the weekend that one Josephine Habba reported the incident at Police Force ‘D’ Division, Makurdi.
Kanshio quoted Habba as saying that on June 1 she went to a hospital with her daughter where she heard one Mrs Favour Emeka crying and telling a nurse that her seven-month-old baby girl was raped by her husband Simon Emeka.
The suspect’s plea was not taken for want of jurisdiction, though he pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The magistrate, Mr Isaac Ajim, took Emeka into custody and adjourned the case to August 31.
The outcry over a spike in rape cases continued apace across the country.
A non-governmental organisation, Let’s Talk Humanity Initiative (LTHI) has demanded justice for victims of rape and assault.
LTHI noted the death of 22-year old Vera Omosuwa, a student of University of Benin, and 18-year-old Barakat Bello, a student Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Moore Plantation, Ibadan at the hands of their attackers.
The founder, LTHI, Mrs Fatima Ganduje-Ajimobi said government must address alarming cases of sexual violence.