Chidimma Ezeokoli (23) and her 11-year-old brother (name withheld) have been accused of repeatedly having illicit carnal relations with a seven-year-old girl in Oko, in the Aguata de Anambra City Hall.
The victim’s mother, Ms. Chinenyenwa Ozulumba, (27), who narrated her story Sunday in Awka, said that the children were two biological children of her landlady, Ms. Nnabuife Okoli.
Ozulumba, a single mother, said her daughter forcibly lost her virginity to her hosts because she trusted them and entrusted her to their care every time she went to work at a nearby bar.
She said her employer assured her accommodation, which was also from Agulezechukwu city, where she is from.
Ozulumba said that because he did not want to expose his little daughter to his work environment due to social risk, he decided to always leave her with her landlady whom he had taken as his adoptive mother.
He said that on August 22, the day he didn’t go to work, he ran over his sons making jokes about their escapades every time he was away and after a while, his daughter started crying out of guilt.
Ozulumba said that when he asked his daughter what was wrong with her, she told him that she and the landlady’s children used to have sex.
The young mother said that when she brought the landlord’s attention to the revelation, she wished he would go away.
“A 23-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy have allegedly been desecrating my daughter; when I found out, I informed her mother and she did not show any form of astonishment or remorse, making it feel like she was aware of it.
“At that time, I took my daughter inside and sent for the younger boy, who confirmed that it was true that he was having sex with my daughter in front of her older sister.
“The minor recalled that one day they were having sex with my daughter and she was crying but her mother did not react to her anguish.
“When Chidinma found out that I am now aware of the rape of my daughter, she started threatening to beat me and asked me if I had not done it while growing up.
At that time, her mother joined in the threat of violence against me and my daughter.
“That is how they began to threaten to beat my daughter and even take her to a sanctuary if she dared to include the 23-year-old’s name again, telling her to say that only the 11-year-old slept with her,” he said.
Ozulumba said that since he noticed his daughter’s rape, he had visited the Police individually, as well as the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University University Hospital (COOUTH), Awka, who examined the victim for the first time.
Ozulumba recalled that in COOUTH, after the interrogation, she was verbally informed that there had been penetration but they refused to make the report available, so it was a challenge for her to prove her case.
She said she also reported the matter to the Police Area Command, Uga, Aguata, where she was issued a Police Medical Report form, but was unable to obtain the report after visiting COOUTH repeatedly for three weeks.
“This became a challenge for me as the doctor who examined my son refused to write the report and the police said they needed the result in order to bring the matter to court.
“This is how I then went to Enugu-Ukwu General Hospital for another examination, where she was examined and scanned and a report was issued to us.
“According to her, the report showed that the hymen was torn and had some bruises,” she said.
Ozulumba said her former employer and landlady had been threatening to drop the matter or face adverse consequences.
She said that a police officer visited her village and invited her to go to the X-Squad Police Unit in Awka with the aim of making her a defendant in her own case.
Ozulumba said she had visited the X-Squad of the police in the company of the Coordinator of the International Brigade for Children’s Rights (CRIB), an NGO, where she and her son were asked to make statements.
“All I need is justice for my daughter, I am not with anyone in this matter but with God and people with good hearts; the suspects must face the law and prove their innocence and if they are found guilty, they must be punished so that others learn not to take advantage of the girl, “he said.
Obiora Nnaemeka, CRIB coordinator in Anambra, said the matter was reported to his office on September 3 and that they had been following the development ever since, ensuring that they would stand by the victim and his mother in the course of the crisis.
Nnaemeka said they had written to the Police Area Command where it was first reported that her group was interested in the matter and urged them to arrest the suspects.
Dr. Basil Nwankwo, COOUTH’s chief medical director, however, said he was unaware of the matter and advised victims to submit a written request.
Ezeokoli, mother of the suspects, said that “nothing happened, the girl is just trying to tie them up; it only involves the little boy, ”he said.
SP Mohammed Haruna, a police / public relations officer in Anambra, said the matter had not yet been reported at the command headquarters.