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Rivers: DPP advice stalls trial of varsity don for alleged sexual assault

By Obinna Nwaoku, Port Harcourt
16 August 2022   |   4:00 am
A Rivers State Magistrate’s Court sitting in Port Harcourt, yesterday, adjourned to August 29, the case involving Professor David Ogbonna of Rivers State University for alleged unlawful and indecent assault of a female student of the institution.

A Rivers State Magistrate’s Court sitting in Port Harcourt, yesterday, adjourned to August 29, the case involving Professor David Ogbonna of Rivers State University for alleged unlawful and indecent assault of a female student of the institution.
   
Chief Magistrate Poromon Menenen adjourned the case, due to delayed advice of the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).
   
When the case came up in court yesterday,  the prosecuting counsel and a representative of the state’s Ministry of Justice,  G.U. Amana informed the court that the DPP advice on the case was not yet out.
   


He prayed the court for more time for the DPP advice to be out. The defence team did not oppose the application.
 
After listening to the submissions of both parties, Magistrate Menenen adjourned the case to August 29, 2022 for continuation of trial.
   
Recall that the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Port Harcourt on June 28, 2022, arraigned Professor David Ogbonna.
    
However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.
  
The charge read: “That you, Professor David Ogbonna, on May 16 at Rivers State University campus, Oruwokwo in Obio/Akpor Magisterial district, but triable in Port Harcourt Magisterial district did unlawfully and indecently assault a female,  aged 20 by inserting your penis into her vagina , thereby committed an offence punishable under section 360 of the criminal code CAP 37 Vol.11 of laws of Rivers State, Nigeria 1999.”
   
But on July 28, the Rivers State Government took over the prosecution of the case.