Men, 65, 52, Remanded For Defiling a Girl of 10 years old
By Agnes Igwe
A 65-year-old retired Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr. Christopher Idam has been remanded in Abakaliki Federal Prison alongside another suspect, Mr. Uka Chukwu, 52 for allegedly defiling a 10-year-old primary school girl, a cow skin hawker at Amasiri-Amakpu in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
The two suspects were accused of two-count charges of having sexual intercourse with the minor at different times and places.
The retired police officer was said to have had carnal knowledge of the minor on 18th August, 2019 at Amachara Ezeke Amasiri while the second accused had his turn in an open shop at Orie Amasiri Market sometime this year during the periods the minor assisted the mother in hawking cow skin (Kanda) to support the family’s finance this holiday season.
They thereby committed an offence punishable under section 34(2) of Ebonyi State Child Rights law and related matters 2010.
During their arraignment before a magistrate court sitting in Abakaliki presided over by Chief magistrate, Nnenna Onuora recently, the suspects were remanded in Abakaliki federal prisons.
The trial magistrate ordered remand of the suspects for lack of competent jurisdiction to hear such matters by a magistrate court.
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She instructed that all documents and evidence in the matter be forwarded to Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for further prosecutions and adjourned the matter to a later date for a report of compliance at the high court.
Meanwhile, Citizens’ Advocate learned that the minor simply identified as Amarachi was sent by her mother to hawk cow-skin meat popularly known as ‘Kanda’ when she came in contact with the suspects.
According to a family source, when the victim’s mother waited for hours for her daughter to return, as usual, but to no avail, she launched a search for the girl and the trail eventually led her to the home of the retired police officer.
Things took a dramatic turn when the woman, soon after she discovered that her daughter had been lured into the apartment and had been defiled, raised an alarm which attracted neighbors and passers-by, leading to the arrest of the suspects by police at Amankpo Amasiri.
A source who spoke to newsmen on the condition of anonymity said, “When the victim was queried, she revealed that the retired police officer and his friend, Uka Chukwu have been luring her into their house with money to sleep with her. That it had been a routine play among them and after the girl’s confession, the suspects were handed over to the police for investigation.”
“They were accused of defiling the 10-year-old girl who is on holiday with the mother here”, he adds.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident and stressed that police officials were already investigating the case.
According to her, the suspects had been transferred to the police headquarters and had made confessional statements.
She said, “The suspects were arrested; police medical performer was served accordingly for a medical report. And the parties have been transferred to police headquarters for further investigation”