Ensure he suffers in prison - 50-year-old Ebonyi widow begs as court remands man for r@ping her

An Abakaliki Chief Magistrate’s Court has ordered that 29-year-old Chikodili Igboji, accused of raping Mrs. Chinyere Igwe, a 50-year-old widow, be detained in a correctional institution.

Magistrate Chinedu Agama-Agama issued an order for Igboji’s remand on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, after refusing his bail application.

Igboji is charged with one count of sexual assault, allegedly committed on October 5 at Udenyi village, Izzo Imoha in Ezza North local government area of ​​Ebonyi.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him in court.

In his bail application, the defendant’s lawyer, Francis Nwelom, emphasized his innocence.

However, Insp. Stanley Ngene, the prosecution lawyer, opposed the bail application and asked the court to detain the accused.

Ngene informed the court that the offense is punishable under section 358 of CAP 33 vol. of Ebonyi State of Nigeria 2009. 1 statutes, penal code.

After the court session, the victim, mother of six children, told journalists about her trauma, saying that the defendant had come to her house at night carrying a knife.

She said the defendant woke her from her sleep, grabbed her and threatened to kill her if she said anything.

“I got scared and started shaking. Was I able to ask him what my offense was? I begged him to have mercy on me as I have no husband and six children. Please. He pushed me, raped me and walked away with my phone and my hard-earned N20,000,” she said.

The victim, who is a farmer, said he wants justice.

“I ask the court to ensure that the defendant suffers in prison. He should receive his punishment accordingly,” she pleaded.

“I also want government at all levels, especially Governor Francis Nwifuru, as well as good-minded individuals, to come to my aid. I am from the belligerent community of Ezza-Effium and my children do not go to school. We are left without my community due to the persistent crisis in the area.”

Source: www.lindaikejisblog.com

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