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Suspected Taxi Driver Arraigned For Raping In Enugu

Ignatius Okpara

ENUGU, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A 48 year- old taxi driver Mr. Ikechukwu Onyia has been arraigned before an Enugu High Court presided over by Justice Catherine Nwobodo, for allegedly raping another man’s wife.

Narrating what transpired between him and the woman during his arraignment Tuesday, the accused said on September 20, 2012, his female girl friend of over three years called him to pick her at the motor park with his cab on the fateful day, adding that he took her to his house.

“After staying with me in my house, she told me her problem, and I gave her some money, dropped her at a bus stop and went my way.”

The accused claimed that it was in the course of dropping her at the bus stop that the complainant showed her a man she identified as her cousin.

Onyia told the court that he was surprised and shocked when the police invaded his house the next day in the morning requesting him to follow them to Udi Police Station where the man her girlfriend identified as her cousin accused him of raping his wife.

According to the accused, “I took them, the (police) with my cab to the police station and the man was threatening me that I will not go scot free for sleeping with his wife.

“I told the man that I have been befriending the complainant for a long time and she never told me that she was married.”

Onyia said he was latter granted bail at Udi police station, but the complainant went to report the matter to the State Criminal Investigation Department at the police headquarters in Enugu where he was arrested and charged to court.

He was earlier brought before an Enugu South Magistrates’ Court for forcefully having carnal advantage of another man’s wife, and was subsequently granted bail and the case transferred to the high court for trial.

After the arraignment, the presiding Judge Nwobodo, adjourned the case till January 23, 2017, for adoption of written addresses by the respective counsels.

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