Maruf Abdullahi, also known as “Trinity,” a skit creator, was ordered to remain in the Agodi correctional facility on Monday by a Family Court in Iyaganku, Ibadan, due to allegations that he sexually exploited a 10-year-old girl.
Together with the creator of the skit, Isiaka Ahmed, 40, and his wife Rofiat, 29, who are the victim’s parents, were also charged in court on two counts of conspiracy and sexual abuse and exploitation.
The case file had been submitted and duplicated at the Oyo State Ministry of Justice, according to the magistrate, Ms. P.O. Adetuyibi, who rejected the defendants’ argument that there was no jurisdiction.
The three defendants were remanded by Adetuyibi in the Agodi Correctional Facility in Ibadan until July 11, when the case will be mentioned in court.
Mr. Oludare Adebayo, the defence attorney, claimed that Section 41 gave the court the right to hear the case.
The victim, according to Adebayo, was a byproduct of poverty.
The magistrate acknowledged that the case file had been duplicated but noted that she couldn’t hear the case until the Ministry of Justice agreed to drop it.
Earlier, Insp. Oluwakemi Arowosaye, the prosecution’s attorney, had informed the court that the three criminals had planned to sexually assault the girl jointly.
Arowosaye said that on December 17, 2022, “Trinity” sexually assaulted and exploited the girl in the Kuola neighbourhood of Ibadan.
She claimed that Abdullahi had been filming the incident while asking the victim about the colour of his penis and releasing the footage online.
She claims that the offences violate Section 35 (1) of the Oyo State Child Rights Code from 2006 and are punished by Section 35 (2).
According to Arowosaye, the offences also violated Section 516 of the Oyo State Criminal Code Laws of 2000.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the 2006 Child Rights Law stipulates that the sketch creator faces a 15-year prison sentence if proven guilty of the offence.