Abuja - A Karu Upper Area Court has remanded Rufua Alabi, 42, in prison custody after the police arraigned him for impregnating his 16-year-old daughter .
The presiding judge, Alhaji Umar Kagarko, ordered that Alabi’s bail application come in form of a motion and adjourned the case to July 3 for hearing.
The prosecutor, Cpl Pascal Njoku, told the court on Tuesday that Alabi of Kurudu Village, Abuja, committed the offence sometimes last year, following which the daughter was carrying a six months old pregnancy.
He said that the victim's mother, Bose, reported the matter at the Jikwoyi Police Station, after she found out that her daughter was pregnant.
Njoku said Bose took her daughter to the hospital and the medical doctor she consulted confirmed that the victim was pregnant.
He said the victim confessed to her mother and the elder brother that her father was responsible for her pregnancy.
"My father on many occasions had sexual intercourse with me when nobody was at home and warned me never to tell anybody about the affair,’’ the prosecution said.
When the First Information Report was read out, the accused pleaded not guilty to the one- count charge of putting his daughter, a minor in the family way .
Njoku said the offence was contrary to the Penal Code
No counsel represented the suspect in court when the case was mentioned.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Reports that the victim, said to be an SS2 student and the second child in a family of six was present in court.