by Akan Ido
Chukwuma Iheme, 25, was today arraigned before an Ogudu Magistrate Court, Lagos, for allegedly attempting to rape a fellow church member (names withheld).
Iheme and the victim were both choristers at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Goshen Parish, Ogudu, Lagos.
The accused reportedly pleaded not guilty to the charges of assault, stealing and rape leveled against him.
Police prosecutor, Donjor Perizi, told the court that Iheme had on August 14, visited the victim at her residence in Elebiju, Ogudu, Lagos, and made sexual advances to her which was turned down by the complainant.
According to Perizi: “After the refusal, Iheme suddenly jumped on Faith and stripped her naked. In the process, the accused beat the complainant and forcefully twisted her left hand which caused dislocation on her wrist.”
Iheme was also accused of stealing a Nokia X3 phone from the victim who was said to have reported the case to the police.
He said the offences contravened Sections 171, 285 and 260 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State, 2011.
Magistrate B.F Williams granted bail to the accused in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case to January 14, 2013, for mention.