One Christopher Ebenyi has been arraigned by the Ebonyi State Police Command on Friday for reportedly defiling a five-year-old pupil in Ebonyi State.
The incident took place when the 45-year-old suspect was said to have gone to the victim’s house to sell some immune booster drugs to her mother.
It was learnt that the victim’s mother have gone out to buy some items and Ebenyi allegedly took advantage of the girl.
The mother, who spoke to PUNCH Metro on anonymity, 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 eventually confessed to the crime.
Ebenyi 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.”
The magistrate’s court however arraigned him on one count of indecent assault.
The police prosecutor, ASP Mathias Eze, explained to 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.”
The prosecuting counsel who opposed to the defendant’s counsel, C.F. Ogbonnaya, plea for his client’s bail stated that he might run away.
However, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Nnenna Onuoha, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety in like sum and must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court.
She then adjourned the matter till January 28, 2021, for trial.