30-year-old teacher docked for sexually abusing 11-year-old student

 A 30-year-old teacher, Terhemba Hon, was on Tuesday arraigned in Makurdi for allegedly fingering his 11-year-old female student, name withheld. Hon, a staff of Ikyor Victory College, Iber in Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue,is charged before a Makurdi Magistrates’ Court.

 He is facing a charge of gross indecency punishable under Section 286 of the Penal Code Laws of Benue, 2004. 

The Prosecutor, Insp. Terzungwe Kajo, told the court that the case was transferred to the State CID, Makurdi from the Divisional Police Headquarters at Tse-Agberagba, via a letter, for discreet investigation. According to the letter, the father of the victim, Ageva Gbaden, had first reported the matter at the Tse-Agberagba Police Station on Feb. 9. 

The complainant told the police that the accused had called his daughter, a JSS 1 student, into the staff room, locked the door and forcefully fingered her against her will. However, when the case came up for mention, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him. 

Thereafter, the prosecution prayed the court for an adjournment; requesting more time to make further investigation into the matter. 

The Magistrate, Mrs Lillian Tsumba, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N50, 000 and adjourned the matter till July 16 for further mention.

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