Solider in Rape Scandal

Involving  a Minor 

By Agnes Igwe and Chidimma Nwuzor

A human rights group known as International Federation of women lawyers (FIDA) has confirmed rape of a minor by a solider at Umuezeoka village, Effuim Community in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

One of the military men (name with held) deployed to war zone in Effuim  to quell the crisis therein allegedly raped a 13 years old female minor who was sent to fetch water from the neighbouring village Umuezeokoha by the mother and abandoned her in uncompleted building in pool of blood.

Confirming the incident, the Ebonyi State Chairperson of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Barr. Mrs. Grace  Iheanacho-Chima, disclosed that in collaboration with FIDA, the Commandant of Nkwegu Military Cantonment, Lieutenant Colonel Erhabor Igbinadolor who condemned the act has fished out the suspect and processes are on ground to take  him to Enugu state for court marshal.

“She was raped by a soldier at the war zone in Effuim. The soldier brutally raped her that she bled for many days even in the hospital. It was so bad that she underwent some operations to correct the damages done on her during the brutal rape.

“At that juncture, attention of FIDA was drawn from the point she was admitted at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (AEFETHA 1) for the surgery. So I personally went there and saw her bleeding profusely on her hospital bed and immediately FIDA petitioned the Military Cantonment Commandant in the state. Because of the seriousness, I personally delivered the letter to the commandant and speedy action was taken, few days after that the defaulting soldier was arrested,” she said.

“The Commandant called and informed us about the development and we went there and saw him. We were asked to bring the victim and her mother which was done and they obtained their statements. Where upon we were told that he will be taken to Enugu State for court Marshalls proceedings, so that is the stage we are now.

“We have obtained medical records, took pictures, did video when she was bleeding. It is our duty to ensure that justice is given to the poor girl and that we are out to do up to a logical end. So, we are waiting for date of the case at Enugu Court Marshall and we shall all go there for prosecution of the soldier.”

On her part, mother of the victim, one Mrs. Igwe  Ogonna disclosed that the ugly incident happened on 21st day of March, 2021, between 1pm to 3pm when she sent her adolescent daughter in company of some other people going to their neighbouring village since they have common boundaries to fetch water and wash bitter leaves for her in preparation of the day’s dinner for her family sequel to acute scarcity of water in their area.

Mrs. Igwe said she became worried when her daughter exceeded the time she was supposed to return and in the course of her search, saw her in pains in the pool of blood in an uncompleted building away from the said water well.

The poor women who is nursing some fear about possibility of her daughter to give birth in future because of the damage inflicted on her during the rape, called on all concerted authorities to help her get justice for her daughter even as she is still on drugs.

Efforts to speak directly with the victim at the time of this report was not successful.

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