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A Magistrate Court sitting in Abakaliki, on Wednesday, remanded one Arinze Samuel, 22-year-old for car robbery and rape, in the state.

It was gathered that the suspect was told by one Kelechi and Emma that the victim, one Charles Nwobia, had a large sum of money in his house on the day of the incident.

The suspect, alongside his accomplices, had after robbing Mr Nwobia of his valuables worth N5million, raped his younger sister, Peace and made away with his car.

The suspect committed the offence on June 11, 2020, on No. 1 Daniel Street, off Odunukwe Road, Abakaliki, in the Abakaliki Local Government Area of the state.

He was arraigned before the Magistrate Court on a six-count bothering on armed robbery, rape, attempted murder, unlawful possession of firearms, amongst others, on Wednesday.

The Police Prosecutor, Mathias Eze, told the court that the offences were punishable under sections 516A (a), 402, 357, 320 of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria 2009; section 27 (1)(b)(I) of the Firearms Act, Cap. F28, Vol. 7, Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004, as applicable in Ebonyi State and section 3(1)(3) of Ebonyi State Law prohibiting secret cult activities/carrying of offensive weapons in Ebonyi State Cap. 12, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.

The suspect, Samuel who confessed to the crime pleaded for mercy as he disclosed that he was under the influence of a spell, saying he was just released from prison in February 2020, for similar offences.

The Defense Counsel, E. Nwebo, had applied to the court that his client be granted bail. But the Prosecuting Counsel led by, ASP Eze, opposed the bail application on the grounds that the offense was beyond the jurisdiction of the court to adjudicate on, amongst other grounds.

The Chief Magistrate, Nnenna Onuoha, ordered that the accused be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Abakaliki, while his case file should be transferred to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP in the state, for necessary judicial action.

The case was adjourned till November 27, 2020.

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