A Magistrates’ Court on Friday ordered that a 32-year old driver, Savior Dabo of Bam Bam village, Makurdi, who the police accused of kidnapping and forcing a 22-year- old woman, Helen Ijir, into prostitution be remanded in prison.
The Magistrate, Mr P.S Chaha, adjourned the matter until Nov 21, for further mention as the plea of the accused could not be taken for want of jurisdiction.
Police charged Dabo with three counts of criminal conspiracy, abduction, and trafficking in women.
The prosecutor, Mr Godwin Nev, told the court that the mother of the victim, Mrs Juliana Ijir, of Behind Modern Market, Makurdi reported the matter at the ‘D’ Division Police Station on Sept 7, 2018.
Nev said that Helen’s mother reported that her daughter was missing.
Nev said after a search, on Sept 15, Helen called her from Ouagadougou, alleging that the accused took her there to work for him.
The prosecutor said that the accused forced the victim into prostitution.
He said that the victim was able to escape from the men that the accused forced her to live with.
The prosecutor informed the court that the accused person was later arrested when he came back home.
According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 97 and 283 of the Penal Code Laws of Benue State, 2004 and Section 3(2) of the Abduction, Hostage Taking, Kidnapping, Secret Cult and Similar Activities Prohibition Law of Benue, 2017.