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The Ebonyi State Police Command on Friday arraigned a 45-year-old man, Christopher Ebenyi, 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.

The victim’s mother was said to have gone out to buy some items when Ebenyi allegedly took advantage of the girl.

The defendant confessed to the crime.

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 offense was punishable under Section 222 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 33, Vol 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.

The counsel for the defendant, C.F. Ogbonnaya, applied for his bail, which the prosecuting counsel opposed on the grounds that he might run away.

The Chief Magistrate, Nnenna Onuoha, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety in like sum.

According to Onuoha, the defendant must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court.

She adjourned the matter till January 28, 2021, for trial.

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