Felix Okpara Duruebube of Mercy House Church International was on Monday taken to PortHarcourt Correctional Centre after he failed to meet up his bail condition when he was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Anugbum O.N Esq of Chief Magistrate Court 24.
The State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) arraigned Felix Okpara Duruebube aged 39 years on charge sheet N0.PMC/1025c/2022 .
Count 1 read:You Felix Okpara Duruebube between the month of April 2021 to May,2022 at RayJPE hotel Rumuokoro, Mercy House Church branch Iwofe and N0.42A road 12 Rumuahulu PortHarcourt in PortHarcourt magisterial district did unlawfully and sexually abused one ‘f’ a girl of 16/17 years by inserting your penis into her vagina and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 32(1)(2) of Child rights at CAP 50 law of Rivers State,2003.
Count11 read :You Felix Okpara Duruebube sometimes in month of December,2021 at Mercy house church International headquarters Eliozu in the same aforementioned magisterial district did unlawfully force one ‘f’ a girl of 16/17 years old to take an oath with you not to sleep with another man or tell anybody that she is having sex with you,else she will run mad and die thereby committed an offence under section 208 of the criminal code of CAP 37 Vol .11 laws of Nigeria 2004.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail by Chief Magistrate Anugbum O.N with two surety in like of 2 million naira and one of the Surety will be a Bishop while the second surety will be a relation with landed property within the Magisterial district.
The case was adjourned to July 7,2022 for continuation of trial.
Speaking outside the court room,the Chairperson of International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA Rivers State, Adata Bio- Briggs said the organization is pleased with the condition of bail given to the accused by the trial Magistrate.
The FIDA chairperson tasked people to test all spirit and mind worship centres they go to.
She frowned at situation where Men of God will be encouraging settlement of criminal matters.
She added that FIDA will follow up to ensure Justice is served in the matter.