A Magistrate’s Court in Ebonyi, has on Tuesday, December 10, remanded one Desmond Eze, a 25-year-old man in custody over the rape of a 17-year-old girl.
Magistrate Nnenna Onuoha said: “This court lacks jurisdiction to entertain this matter. The accused should be remanded in the Abakaliki Correctional Service, while the case is referred to the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice. This matter is therefore adjourned till December 18, for report of compliance.”
The Prosecutor, Mr Mathias Eze, said that it was reported that the defendant allegedly had unlawful carnal knowledge of the teenage girl and committed the offence at Effium overhead bridge in Effium Community of Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi.
Eze added that the offence was punishable under Section 34 (2) of the State’s Child Rights Law and Related Matters, 2010.