The cleric, Bishop Elijah Orhonigbe, who was allegedly accused for raping a 19-year-old girl in Delta state has been remanded in prison custody by the Magistrate Court II sitting in Warri, Delta State.
The Court presided over by Ejiro.H. Diejomaoh(Mrs.) said it lacks the jurisdiction to hear the matter.
The Court said in the event that there was no space at the Nigeria Correctional Service in Okere, Warri, the accused should be remanded at the “A” Division Police Station.
The Court also adjourned the matter to July 24 for mention.
It could be recalled that Total News earlier reported the alleged rape of a 19-year-old girl(names withheld) by the Police in Delta state.
Police Prosecutor, SP Vincent Orawemen leading DSP Sunny Irabor had in a motion with charge No. NW/113C/2020 prayed the Court to remand the accused in prison custody pending the legal advice of the Delta State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.
But Counsel to the accused, Mr. E.L. Umuze Esq had objected to the motion just as he prayed the Court to grant the accused bail based on its(Court) discretion.
The Warri Area Commander of the Nigeria Police, ACP Mohammed Muktar Garba hailed the position of the Court.
ACP Garba said it will serve as a lesson to others who are hiding under the cloak of Christianity saying,” Nobody is above the law.”
The legal Adviser of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA Warri Branch, Mr. Collins Tuoyo Osaretin Esq said the accused was arraigned and eventually remanded in the Correctional Centre, Okere in Warri.