A 38 year old man, Mr. Sunday Alioka of Ogboguma, Inyaba Development Centre on the 1st November 2019 at about 8:30pm was allegedly caught defiling two minors at Onunwafor village, Ezza Umuhuali, Ishielu L.G.A of Ebonyi State.
The two minors who are also nursery school pupils, Mmasi, 5 (surname withheld by us) and Faith, 6 (surname withheld by us) were lured into Mr. Sunday’s compound where he was defiling them before he was caught in the very act.
Briefing Citizens’ Advocate at Onunwankwo Umuhuali recently, the Ag. Chief Security Officer in the area, Mr. Jude Nwamkpu said that he and two other officers of the vigilante, Mr. Nnana Nwangiri and Mrs. Onyebu Nwanga acted on a tip-off and arrested the rapist in his resident at Onunwafor village in the area.
Mr. Jude Nwankpu also said that the culprit, Mr. Sunday Alioka, who said that he is a furniture maker, was brought from Nkpor, Onitsha, Anambra State by his friend so as to furnish his new building at the area.
He said that his master who brought him from Nkpor to Onunwafor to furnish his building, equipped one room for Mr. Alioka to make him comfortable while at work.
It was also gathered that after Mr. Alioka had finished his friend’s work, he won another contract to furnish another building in one elder John Okwuru’s compound where he committed the offense.
The suspect hails from Ogbogwuma village, Azuinyaba community of Ishielu L.G.A of Ebonyi State.
The security chieftain said that on that fateful Friday, at about 7:30pm, Mr. Alioka saw the children at the playground and asked them to follow him that he was going to buy biscuits for them, but he took them into his room and started defiling them one after the other.
He further stated that at about 8:30pm, the parents of the 2 children were searching for them, when they approached the residence of the rapist, they heard distress shout of the children from his room.
He said that when the parents observed that it was the voices of their children, they alerted the security men who went in and caught Mr. Sunday Alioka on top of one of the kids, Mmasi Nwofor and that he had defiled the other kid, Faith Nwewo and they were in a pool of blood.
In an interview with the accused, Mr. Sunday Alioka confessed to the act and alleged that it was act of the devil. He also said that he saw the children as girls not kids and so he decided to defile them.
The unmarried Mr. Alioka claimed not to have been in a habit of doing such before he was caught in the act.
He confessed to have raped Mmasi Nwafor 3 times while Faith Nwewo 2 times.
The vigilante boss said that the rapist had been sent to the Ezillo Police Division for further action.
Meanwhile, the defiled kids were on Monday, 4th November 2019 taken to the Ezzamgbo General Hospital for treatment where the doctor confirmed the incident and that the children were badly wounded in their private parts.
Also at the Ezillo Police Division, the culprit accepted and confessed to the police to have committed the crime.
Also in an interview, the security officials, Mr. Onyebu Nwanga and Nnanna Nwangiri said that they were not been paid by anybody but on a selfless service pending their inauguration by either the councilor of the ward or the coordinator, Ishielu West D.C Hon. Victor Nnoke.
They also appealed to the members of the community to allow the vigilante members to elect from amongst themselves their leaders according to merits and not to impose leadership on them which could mar the good works they have been doing in the area.
They further said that they sponsored the arrest and handing over of the criminal to the police from their purse as there has been no source of fund to maintain the security outfit.
They said they will leave no stone unturned to rid the area of criminals and to secure lives and property in the area.
The security chaplain, Mr. Nwankpu Jude then appealed to individuals and villagers to be vigilant at all times, especially this ’ember’ period and alert the security of any suspected movement in their various areas.
Efforts by the reporter to reach the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abakaliki command, DSP Odah Loveth, failed.