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Anambra community suspends Octogenarian for defiling 10-year-old girl

Maduako Igbokwe l Saturday, June 18, 2022

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ONITSHA, Nigeria –  Anambra  community has  suspended an Octogenarian  from  royal cabinet    for allegedly  defiling 10-year-old girl  at a building site.

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According to traditional ruler of the community Igwe Benneth Emeka of Umueri , Anambra East Local Government of Anambra, the  80 year-old Vincent Okoye committed abomination and does not deserve to be members of the royal cabinet.

Igwe Benneth Emeka  disclosed on Saturday  while addressing the All Nations Arise and Manifest Initiative (ANAM), at his palace said the community did not condone such crime.

He said the community does not condone such crime. “The suspect has been suspended from the royal cabinet as the alleged crime was a taboo and embarrassing to the community. The man in question is a member of my cabinet, he is my financial secretary and immediately the matter was reported, we suspended him and he can never come back to the cabinet again.

“The matter has been taken to court and that shows that the community does not condone such crime. We have also given the girl scholarship to show our concern and protect her future. It could have been anybody’s child.

“I’m advising parents, especially mothers to be cautious and take responsibility for the safety and security of their children,” he said.

Anambra Police Command, Public Relations Officer, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga,   confirmed that the suspect has been arrested and charged to court.

Also speaking, Inspector  Richard Okoti, the Resident Prosecutor handling  the matter confirmed that the suspect was arraigned at Otuocha Chief Magistrates’ Court on April 29, where he pleaded not guilty and he was granted bail on health grounds.

Okoti said the police on Friday, submitted it compliance report and the court adjourned sine die.

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However, Mrs Tessy Aniesi, President, ANAM Transformation Movement expressed dissatisfaction as the matter was being adjourned indefinitely and urged the police to prosecute and ensure justice for the victim. Aniesi said that the case was brought to the organisation by the Chairperson of Umuada  Umueri, Mrs.  Chinasa Madisife.

She said that suspect who was a contractor and a member of Umueri royal cabinet,  is a friend of the girl’s mother (Mrs Rose Onyenweife), a trader), and he usually send the girl on errands. Aniesi said  the alleged crime was reported at the Police Area Command, Otuocha Division, by the Umuada Umueri on April 26, and the perpetrator was arrested.

She said the girl was also taken to New life Hospital, Umueri,  where it was confirmed that she was defiled.

“The workers at the building site where the suspect is supervising said they noticed that each time the girl comes to run errands for the suspect, he takes her to a completed building at the site and lock the door.

“On April 26, they saw her come out of the building crying. They called her and she narrated that the suspect  always have sex with her whenever her mother ask her to come run errands for him.

“The workers confronted the man and called the attention of the vigilante group, the Igwe and the Umuada of Umueri community, and eventually ANAM took up the matter.

“During interrogation, the girl said the suspect has been abusing her but she could not report the crime to her mother or anyone because the man threatened to kill her, “she said.

Aniesi said ANAM Transformation Movement  would follow up the matter and mobilise support to ensure justice for the victim.

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