By Peter Okutu
EBONYI State Police Command, yesterday, said it arrested a 33-year-old man, Nweke Monday, for allegedly defiling a five-year-old girl in Amuzu Amuda community of Ezza North Local Government Area.
Just as four other suspects were arraigned before a Magistrate’s Court for allegedly gang-raping a 13-year-old girl in Umunaga Agu-Ugwu Uburu, Ohaozara Local Government Area.
Contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP George Okafor, said the defilement of the five-year-old was reported to the police by the youth President of the community, Uchechi Elechi.
He noted that the youth President reported that Nweke Monday lured the girl (names withheld) to an abandoned Isuzu SUV, where he defiled her.
According to him, Elechi also reported that the victim was rushed to a hospital in Ezzamgbo, Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state, but that the girl’s parents have refused to officially report the matter to the police.
Okafor said: “The youth President decided to bring the matter to the fore. Though the parents of the child may be afraid of the stigma, the culprit will never go unpunished no matter how long he runs.
“We must charge him to court. We know that God himself will punish him. I wonder how someone could ever think of defiling her; it is unheard of and is complete wickedness.”
Meanwhile, the four persons that allegedly defiled a 13-year-old girl, Emmanuel Okereke, 27; Chukwuebuka Okoro, 22; Christopher Nwaeze, 31 and Obinna Njoku, 25, were arraigned on two count charges.
The suspects pleaded not guilty and were remanded in Abakaliki Federal Prisons.
Also, one Henry Ngwuta has been arraigned by an Abakaliki Magistrate’s Court for alleged defilement of a nine-year-old girl.
The suspect, Ngwuta, in a one-count charge, was said to have, on May 10, at Onoko village in Ishinkwo, Onicha Local Government Area, raped the girl (names withheld).