A man who claimed to be a man of God identified as Marvelous Agu, 23, was sentenced to prison by the Ebonyi State Magistrates ‘ Court for alleged involvement in rape.

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According to Punch, Agu was taken into custody on Friday after having known the canal to a 21-year-old woman in an unfinished house, while claiming to be prophesying to her.

The accused allegedly committed the crime on Aguiyi Ironsi Road, Abakaliki, in the state’s Abakaliki Local Government Region.

Agu was brought before the magistrates ‘ court on one count of unlawful sexual intercourse.

The police prosecutor, Mathias Eze, told the court that the offense was punishable under Section 358 of the Cape Criminal Code. 33, this is Vol. 1 Laws of the State of Ebony, Nigeria, 2009.

The charge read:

“That you, Marvelous Agu, sometime in July, 2019, at No. 5 Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Abakaliki, within the Abakaliki Magisterial District, did, while pretending to prophesy, unlawfully had canal knowledge of a 21-year-old girl, thereby committing an offence.

 

The defence counsel, E.O. Ekuma, applied for the bail of the defendant.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Nnenna Onuoha, said the matter was beyond the jurisdiction of the court and declined the bail application.

Onuoha directed that the accused be remanded in the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Abakaliki, while the case file should be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.

She adjourned the case till March 6, 2020, for report of compliance.