Pastor Remanded For Raping Five-Year-Old Girl In Ekiti

Ebun Francis

Reverend, Gabriel Asateru, a priest attached to one of the Anglican Churches in Ekiti State, has been remanded  in prison by an Ado-Ekiti Magistrate Court over alleged defilement of a five-year-old girl.

 Inspector Bayo Ajiboye, the police prosecutor in charge of the case, informed  the court, presided over by Magistrate Modupe Afeniforo that the accused committed the offence on December 23 at Ifisin-Ekiti. According to him, Reverend Asateru, 53, on the said date, unlawfully had canal knowledge of the victim, (names withheld) by petting her to sit on his laps.

The offence, he said, contravened Section 31 of the Child Right Laws of Ekiti State.

The Police prosecutor also informed the court that the case file had been duplicated and sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.

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The plea of the accused was not taken as his counsel, Mr Tunde Olayemi, sought for a date of adjournment pending the outcome from DPP.

Magistrate Modupe Afeniforo, frowned on the incessant case rape in the state and consequently ordered that the accused be remanded in prison.

She adjourned the case to February 15, 2017 for further hearing.