Pastor pleads guilty to raping 15-year-old

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Pastor Piller Erekwa of Glorious Covenant Church in Mgbuola village, Ndele, Emohua local government area Rivers State, has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse against a fifteen years old girl.

The suspect was arraigned before a Magistrate Court presided by Chief Magistrate Ogeh Elkanah, by the Rivers Police Command.

When the charge was read to him in Court, Piller Erekwa pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a fifteen-year-old girl in Mgbuola village between December 2022 and January 2023, thereby committing a crime punishable by the law of Rivers State.

The Chief Magistrate adjourned the case for facts and sentencing, remanding the Pastor to Port Harcourt Correctional Centre pending his sentencing on July 19, 2023.

The suspect was arrested Thursday, July 6, 2023, at Ndele by the Rumuji Police Division and later transferred to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for further investigation.

In the meantime, the National Coordinator of the Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign, Prince Wiro, has commended the Police for arraigning the suspect in court.

Wiro also expressed gladness that the victim’s family did not succumb to the pressure of settling the case out of court.