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Man allegedly rapes 20-year-old lady in Ebonyi

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A 28-year-old man, Chibueze Godwin was, on Monday, arraigned before an Ebonyi High Court for allegedly raping a 20-year-old girl.

Godwin, who resides in the same compound with the victim at No. 1 Benedict Okoro Street in Abakaliki, is facing a one-count charge of rape.

The Defendant, Godwin pleaded not guilty.

The Counsel to the Victim, Grace Chima, applied the court for an accelerated hearing for the interest of justice in the matter.

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Chima, also the Chairperson of the International Federation of Female Lawyers (FIDA), Ebonyi chapter, while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the defendant is living with the victim in the same compound.

“The case has been adjourned for hearing and we will follow the matter for the interest of justice,” she said.

Alex Ukwa, the Counsel to the Defendant told newsmen that the crime was committed on Aug. 18, 2019, and the accused person had been on awaiting trial.

“Today, being Monday, the matter appeared in the court for the first time. I have applied for bail and the court fixed March 15 for hearing and considering of the bail application,” Ukwa explained.

Justice Vincent Nwanchor, who is presiding over the matter, adjourned the case until March 15 for hearing and bail consideration.

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