By Chinenye Festus:-
One Mr. Christopher Ebenyi, a 45-year-old man was arraigned by the Ebonyi State Police Command on Friday for allegedly defiling a five-year-old pupil in Ebonyi State.
The defendant was said to have gone to the victim’s house to sell some immune booster drugs to her mother when the incident took place.
Ebenyi allegedly took advantage of the girl when the victim’s mother went out to buy some items.
The mother, who narrated the incident to PUNCH Metro pledge to remain anonymous, said, “The pastor came to our house to sell some drugs to me. Before he came, I had it in mind to get some things for the house. So, I left him and my daughter to go and buy those things.
“When I got back home, I saw the pastor inserting his fingers in my daughter’s private parts. I shouted and he said it was the devil. I called people, who came around and beat him up. Eventually, he was arrested.”
The defendant confessed to the crime.
In his confessional statement, he said, “I am Pastor Christopher Ebenyi. I am from Eziulo in the Ishielu Local Government Area. I know the victim at Convent in Abakaliki. I got to their house and called her; she came and I touched her private parts.”
He was arraigned on one count of indecent assault before the magistrate’s court.
The police prosecutor, ASP Mathias Eze, told the court that the offence was punishable under Section 222 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 33, Vol 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.
The charge read, “That you, Christopher Ebenyi, on December 15, 2020, on Nsi Road, Abakaliki, in the Abakaliki Magisterial District, did finger the vagina of one (name withheld) aged five, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 222 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.”
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