A 53-year-old school proprietor, Lemmy Amachi Chukwu, was on Monday arraigned before the Ukwa East Chief Magistrate Court sitting at Akwete, Abia State for allegedly raping a 12-year-old primary five pupil of his school.

Chris Kpatuma, who is also the divisional police officer (DPO) for Ukwa East Police Division, told the court that Chukwu, proprietor of a private nursery and primary school, Uhuru in Ukwa East Local Government Area committed the offence on the 20th of February .

It was gathered that immediately the accused committed the offence, he went into hiding and police had to launch a manhunt for him. It was when he thought the matter had died down and came out from hiding that police arrested him.

The prosecution also told the court that the accused, who also works for the Abia State Government as a school teacher in the same local government had on the said date, invited the pupil to his office where he allegedly forcibly had carnal knowledge of her.

Kpatuma prayed the court not to grant the accused bail since it took the police time to arrest him, saying he could jump bail.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge and the trial chief magistrate remanded him in Aba prisons while the case was adjourned to Friday, March 28, 2014.

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