Jude Ohanenye, a pastor and human rights activist, has been remanded in a correctional facility by a Magistrates’ Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The man was remanded in custody for allegedly defiling an 8-year-old girl.
Ohanenye, a member of the human rights organization Behind Bars, was arraigned on Wednesday on two counts of s€xual abuse and defilement, to which she pleaded not guilty.
According to reports, the incident occurred on March 16, 2022 in the Eliozu area of Port Harcourt.
Behind Bars Director General Harrison Gwamnishu, who confirmed the incident earlier in a Facebook statement, said the group acted quickly after receiving a complaint against the pastor and member.
“A member of our team Pastor Jude was charged to court for child sexual assault on a 8 year old minor in Portharcourt, Rivers State,” Gwamnishu stated.
“The victim narrated how Pastor Jude carried her on his lap and fingered her. We received the complaint and quickly ordered his arrest. He was arrested and handed over to the Police for a thorough and unbiased investigation.
“Medical report proved the child vagina was ruptured but hymen still intact. The police concluded their investigation and he has been charged to a competent court of jurisdiction.
“As organization in forefront of Advocacy to end all form of social vices, we will never hide our own no matter the pressure.
“Pastor Jude has been remanded in prison custody and case adjourned till 21st April, 2022 for a hearing.
“We wish to appreciate the Nigeria Police for refusing to grant bail despite the pressure from some highly placed individuals. We appeal to parents to be watchful as anyone paedophile is nearby.