by ‘Jola Sotubo
An Abuja based pastor has been taken before a high court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) over allegations of multiple rape.
Emmanuel Mathew, 50, was arraigned after it was alleged that he had raped three school pupils at the Mpape area of the FCT.
Matthew, who is reportedly the general overseer of The Choice Bible Church located in the same area, is also the proprietor of the primary school where his victims schooled.
Leadership News reports:
The prosecutor, DSP Stanley Nwodo, told the court that the accused raped two seven-year-olds and a nine-year-old pupil within the school premises, on different occasions.
Nwodo said the offence contravened Section 283 of the Penal Code, which if convicted, would earn the accused a 14-year jail-term, an option of fine or both.
Matthew pled not guilty to the charges.
After arraignment, the counsel to the accused, Mr Uya Yamah, urged the court to admit his client to bail.
The prosecutor did not oppose the application, because the accused had been on administrative bail.