The state director of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mr. Ikenna Unegbu, has been arrested for allegedly defiling a two-year-old girl in his office.
It was gathered that the incident happened on the 5th of February, 2020, in Unegbu’s office.
The mother of the victim, Chinonye Obioma, who is also the complainant, had told the court that her daughter was defiled on Wednesday, 5th February 2020, by Unegbu when he took the child from her in the guise of consoling the girl after her mother scolded her for pouring water around the office.
She said her daughter went into his office twice with a biscuit and groundnut only to come out crying. The complainant went ahead to explain that she discovered the abnormal movement and posture of her baby after she urinated on their way home and she said her baby mentioned that Uncle Police (the suspect) removed her pant, and put his organ inside her.
Obioma, who owns a photography stand within the commission, added that the next day on February 6, she took her baby to the Federal Medical Center, Owerri and Police Hospital to carry out a test on her daughter, and the doctors confirmed through medical reports that the two-year-old girl’s hymen was broken.
She told the court that the medical reports showed that the baby sustained a serious injury after her abuser had penetrated her.
The court presided over by the magistrate, Her Worship Odionyenma ruled that the suspect be granted bail and be re-arraigned on Thursday, 19th March 2020.
The magistrate explained that the constitution gives protection to both the complainant and the accused, insisting that evidence would be properly weighed to ensure justice was served.
Meanwhile, various civil societies groups such as the International Federation of Female Lawyers, FIDA, Child’s Protection Network, CPN, Virgin Heart Foundation, Human Rights Commission, Ministry of Gender and Vulnerable Groups amongst others have shown interest towards ensuring justice for the little girl.
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