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Rivers man remanded for rape, aborting pregnancy for teenage maid

A Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt has sent one Chigozie Ajie who was accused of engaging in serial sexual violation and procurement of abortion for his 13 years old house help to prison.

The suspect, Ajie was arraigned on three counts charges of threats to life, abortion, and rape.

But Chief Magistrate R. N. Ibinabo, declined to proceed with the suit as he noted that the court lacks jurisdiction to hear the accusation of threat to life, which he noted carries life imprisonment as punishment.

He however adjourned the matter to 25th January 2022 with the order that the case file should be transferred to DPP for legal advice.

Our correspondent reports that the suspect, Ajie, who is a native of Ogbogu in the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area has been on the run since he was reported to the police over alleged series of sexual violations of his house help.

His arraignment followed his arrest by the Police last week after evading the Police arrest severally.

In the meantime, lawyer to the family, Mayor Ohia, in an interview with correspondent said his clients are pained over the treatment of their daughter by the accused.

Victor Anuku, an uncle to the victim explained the family joined the police in an effort to get arrested.

Anuku said the suspect impregnated the girl at the age of 13 and aborted the pregnancy in an undisclosed hospital.

He said it took the Police nine months and some weeks before he was arrested after he reported the case to Obite Police Station in Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni local government area.

He added that the suspect also accused the family of being kidnappers when the issue came up.

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