The Umukam Okaiuga Nkwoegwu Autonomous Community in Ohuhu, Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State, is in deep shock and fear arising from a bizarre incident and conduct of Chief Magistrate Mirabel C. Ken Ahukanna of the Afugiri Magistrate Court in Umuahia North LGA.
The community in recent times have been embroiled in incidences of indecent molestations, s*xual assaults and rapes of adolescent males in the community orchestrated by a 74-year-old man, Nwoke Simeon Ogbuehi also from the community.
Luck however ran out on Ogbuehi on Thursday, 26 day of May 2016 when the youths of Okaiuga community caught him in the act forcefully having carnal knowledge of 14-year-old JSS2 pupil, Chukwuebuka Uchendu.The community promptly handed Ogbuehi and his victim to the police at the divisional police station at Afugiri, who then took over the investigation and thereafter arraigned the suspect before the Chief Magistrate Court, Afugiri.
It was at this juncture that the matter took a bizarre turn. When the case came up before Chief Magistrate Mirabel C. Ken Ahukanna and after querying the victim in open court who narrated his repeated ordeals at the hands of Ogbuehi, the chief Magistrate promptly discharged the accused on the grounds that the holding cell at Afara prison has no space to take in further inmates and with that released a suspected pedophile back to the community to continue his dastardly acts.
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The victims and community now lives in fear and apprehension as Ogbuehi even within the court premises threatened to get back at the community for exposing and humiliating him.
A public call is being made to relevant authorities in Abia State and the office of the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to quickly intervene and arrest this ugly development before it tarnishes the image of Gods own state further.