25-year-old man remanded in prison over alleged rape of minor in Ebonyi

A 25-year-old man, one Eze Desmond was yesterday remanded in prison for allegedly raping a 17-year-old teenager, whose name was simply identified as Ezinne.

The suspect was arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court, sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, on one count charge bordering on rape.

The accused was alleged to have had unlawful intercourse with Ezinne on 17th November, 2019.

It was gathered that the suspect committed the offence at Effium OverBridge, Effium Community, in the Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Prosecutor, Mathias Eze, told the court that the offence was punishable under section 34 (2) of Ebonyi State Child Right Law and Related Matters, 2010.

In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Nnenna Onuoha, said the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

The plea by the defense Counsel that the accused be admitted to bail was not granted.

Onuoha, therefore, directed that the accused be remanded at the Nigeria Correctional Centre, Abakaliki, and his case file forwarded to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the state for advice.

However, the matter was adjourned till December 18, 2019, for report of compliance.

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