A cleric, Prophet Elijah Ebimone, is to be remanded in prison custody for allegedly abducting three girls and turning them to sex slaves.
A Makurdi Magistrate Court gave the order on Thursday after a the 32-old cleric was arraigned in a two-count charge of abduction and causing miscarriage, punishable under Sections 274 and 233 of the Penal Code, Laws of Benue State, 2004.
The Magistrate, Mrs Theresa Wergba, ordered the accused be remanded while adjourning the matter till Dec. 28 for further mention.
Her action followed the application for adjournment made by the Prosecutor, Inspector Daniel Suende, who said that investigation by the police was ongoing.
Suende told tbe court that a team of detectives led by Inspector Attai Sule, attached to the State CID, Makurdi, received information about the activities of the cleric on Oct. 20.
He said that the detectives immediately launched an investigation into the matter and arrested the accused.
He stated further that Ebimone, who claimed to be a prophet, had abducted the young girls and was using them as sex slaves.
He said that the cleric went all the way to Delta last June and abducted one Victory Mieturda, Dolor Dinah and Esther Young and brought them to Makurdi.
Suende said that the man had deceived the girls’ parents into believing that he was assisting the girls to travel to Ukraine to seek greener pasture.
“However, they got to Makurdi and he turned them into sex slaves impregnating all of them at different times and also causing them to miscarry the pregnancies,’’ the prosecutor said.
When the case was called, the court did not take the plea of the accused because it lacked jurisdiction.