Rivers varsity professor freed by court over assault

Rivers varsity professor freed by court over assault

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Rivers varsity professor freed by court over assault

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Rivers varsity professor freed by court over assault. On Monday, a Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt dismissed and acquitted Prof David Ogbonna, a lecturer at Rivers State University, who was on trial for alleged sexual assault on a 21-year-old female student, Grace Ndamatin.

Ogbonna, a lecturer in the Department of Microbiology, was arrested on June 28, 2022, when Miss Ndamatin accused him of sexually assaulting her in his office.

However, the sitting Magistrate, Chief Magistrate Poromon Menenen, stated in his decision that the prosecution team had failed to prove that their client had been sexually attacked.

Menenen noted that the evidence claimed by the defendant was never presented in court and subsequently discharged and acquitted Prof Ogbonna.

Speaking to newsmen after the court judgement, Dr Emma Okah, one of the lead lawyers to Prof Ogbonna, said the ruling did not come to him as a surprise.

Dr Okah stated, “I will tell you that I’m not surprised at all that the judgement of this court came the way and the manner and the direction it did.

“Because to some extent, the law is a bit logical and we knew from day one that in the absence of any evidence, you know upon which the ingredients of indecent sexual assault would be based.

“There was no way the prosecution was going to succeed. The end result would always be the discharge and acquittal of the accused persons. And that is exactly what the court did.” Okah further said that the court judgement would be sent to the university management to effect the reinstatement of Prof Ogbonna who had been on suspension. “Initially we would have preferred that this case be heard in public so that Nigerians would be part of the proceedings, hear and see what evidence the prosecution would be going to tender. Not one, and you heard the court discharge the Professor and acquit him.

“So what wrong did the Professor commit? He was suspended, of course, we are going to take the necessary steps to return him to the status quo. It is obvious that nothing was found against him. “He is innocent, has been innocent and will remain innocent as far as this case is concerned, based on the facts that we have today,” Okah added. Meanwhile, the prosecuting lawyer, G.U Amanna, declined to speak to newsmen on the court judgement.

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