Backside of one of the victims.
Two adults sexually abuse nine years old girls in Ebonyi
By Nweze Anaga, Abakaliki
Two elderly men between the ages of 55 and 49 have been accused of sexual assault and rape of a nine-year-old girl in Ebonyi State.
According to the mother of the victim, Mrs. Agness Opoke from Okofia, Ezza South Local Government area of Ebonyi State explained that the incident happened last Sunday when she sent her 9 Years Old girl on an errand to bring her phone but on her way going, their neighbor draged her inside his room and started fingering her private part from where he raped her.
Mrs. Ofoke stated that she got to know about it on Tuesday this week and quickly took her to the man’s house but he denied of doing such a thing.
“I told my little daughter to go and bring my phone, and on her way going, a neighbour called her to come but she told him she was on errand but the man insisted and draged her into his house and inserted his finger into her private part.
“I got to know about it on Tuesday this week. When we took her to the man’s house, he stated that he did not do such a thing. It was our community people that said we should take her to lab. He refused to follow us to the hospital.”
She lamented that the man has not been arrested and was even angry with them because the matter was reported to their pastor.
Similarly, one Mr. Christopher Egwu from Amaelu, Amachi in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State equally reported similar incident where a 55-year-old man living in the same village lured her nine years old daughter to his house to be fundling his penis and later inserted it in her daughter’s mouth to be sucking.
Egwu stated that he wasn’t in the village when the incident occurred, it was her younger sister, who called his attention to the issue, adding that the same man was accused of the same offence before but nothing was done about it.
“It was my younger sister that called and told me that a man living in their compound took my daughter to his house and told her to be massaging his penis and as she was doing that, he put his penis in her mouth to suck.
“My daughter is nine years old. She is in Primary 4.
“After this thing happened, my sister said he can no longer endure it again because the same man has done that same thing before.”
He further explained that he has reported the matter to the villagers who advised him to take her daughter to the hospital to truly ascertain what happened. Mr. Egwu however called on government to ensure that the perpetrators were arrested and prosecuted to serve as a deterant to others.
Responding on the matter, the state Cordinator of Gender Based Violence Taxforce in Ebonyi State, Mrs. Faithvin Nwanchor, stated that the parents of the victims called her attention on the sexual assault metted on two young girls on 24th March, 2022 but she told them to bring the children to Gender Based Violence clinic where the normally examine the true situation of their medical condition.
According to Nwanchor, the first incident happened at Ezza South while the second one is from Afikpo North where 9 Years Old Girls were sexually assaulted saying that her office quickly responded by going with team of police officers to arrest the culprits, noting that the victims are undergoing medical examination to unravel what actually transpiration.
She also stated that they suspects are between the ages of 55 and 49 years old. She maintained that the doctor and a psychologist after medical examination would determine the damages and equally counsel them as well as prescribing drugs for them.
She called on parents to wake up to their responsibilities by knowing and questioning the movement and activities of their children regularly to avoid recurrence of the incident.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ebonyi State Police Command, DSP Loveth Odah, stated that she will get in touch with the DPO incharg of the area since it has not been reported to her office.
“I am not aware, but I will enquire from the DPO”,she said.