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Man rapes hawker in Ebonyi recreational park

An Ebonyi State Magistrate ’ s Court on Monday remanded in a custodial centre a 32 – year – old man , Emeke Chukwuani , for allegedly raping a hawker in the state .

The victim , a groundnut seller , was reportedly returning home with her younger sister in the evening when the suspect snatched her phone and ran into Fatilami Park , in the Abakaliki Local Government Area of the state on November 28 , 2020 .

Apparently to recover her phone from the assailant , the victim ran after him into the park , where she was allegedly raped.

Narrating her ordeal , the 23 – year – old said , “ I was going home with my younger sister around 8 . 30 pm when we saw the man on the way . He wanted to talk to us , but we continued to move . He followed us , snatched my phone and ran into Fatilami Park .

“ We ran after him to give me my phone. Immediately we got to the photo stand in the park , he grabbed my neck and we began to struggle . As we struggled , he bit me in my private parts , ear , cheek, shoulder and back .

“ My sister was shouting , but nobody was there to help us . When my sister tried to draw him away from my body , he smashed a bottle on her head . She ran outside crying , while I was shouting inside . It was when he hit my mouth with the bottle that I became unconscious. I woke up later to see that he had raped me.

“ I was surprised when I heard gunshots and two persons came inside . He tried to run away , but they apprehended him . That ’ s when I realised that they were police officers . ”

The suspect was arraigned on Monday before the Abakaliki Magistrate ’ s Court on one count of unlawful sexual intercourse.
The police prosecutor , Inspector Chinedu Mbam , said the offence was punishable under Section 358 of the Criminal Code Cap . 33 , Vol . 1 , Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria 2009 .

The charge read , “ That you , Emeka Chukwuani , on November 28 , 2020 , at Fatilami Park , Abakaliki , in the Abakaliki Magisterial District , did forcefully have carnal knowledge of one ( name withheld ) , aged 23 years , without her consent , thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 358 of the Criminal Code Cap . 33 , Vol . 1 , Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009 . ”

The suspect was not represented in court .
The Chief Magistrate , Mrs B. I. Chukwu , ordered that he be remanded in the custodial centre , Abakaliki , while his case file should be forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions , for legal advice .
The case was adjourned till December 11 , 2020 , for report of compliance .

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