Man, 25 Remanded for Raping Girl, 17

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A Magistrate’s Court sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital has remanded in Nigerian Correctional Centre, Abakaliki, one Eze Desmond, 25, for allegedly raping a 17 years old girl in Effium Overbridge, Effium community.

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

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

He was arraigned before the court on one count of unlawful intercourse.

The Police Prosecutor, Matthias Eze, told the court that the offence was punishable under section 34 (2) 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 Nigerian Correctional Centre, Abakaliki and his case file forwarded to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in the state for advice.

The matter was adjourned till 18th December, 2019 for report of compliance.

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