The office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) on Thursday prayed an FCT High Court for more time to study the case file of Pastor Emmanuel Mathew charged with defilement.
The police prosecutor, DSP Stanley Nwodo, had told the court that Matthew defiled three minors (two aged seven and the other nine years old), all pupils of school operated by him.
Nwodo said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 283 of the Penal Code.
Mathew, 51, who is the General Overseer of Choice Bible Church, Mpape, is arraigned on a five-count charge.
He was earlier arraigned by Commissioner of Police for FCT, but his case file was later transferred to the AGF’s office for continuation of trial.
At the resumed hearing, new prosecutor, Mr Ejike Orji, said “my lord, the case is for continuation of trial.
“But in view of the recent transfer of the case to the AGF’s, we will need time to study the contents and facts of the case’’, he said.
Counsel to the accused, Mr Uyi Yamah, who did not object to the prosecution’s prayer, however, asked the court for a date for definite hearing.
Mathew had pleaded not guilty to the five-count charge and was granted bail in the sum of N500,000 and a surety in like sum.
If convicted, Matthew is liable to 14 years in prison.
Justice Hussieni Baba-Yusuf adjourned the case to May 16 for definite hearing. (NAN)