A family court sitting in Owerri, the Imo State capital has arraigned the state Director of the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, Ikenna Unegbu for allegedly defiling a two years old girl in his office.
The Nation gathered that the incident happened on February 5, 2020, in Unegbu’s office at NIMC, Imo State.
The mother of the victim who owns a photography stand within the commission, Chinonye Obioma, who is also the complainant, had told the court that her daughter was defiled on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, by Unegbu when he took the child from the mother on the guise of consoling her after her mother scolded her for pouring water around the office.
The complainant went ahead to explain that she discovered the abnormal movement and posture of her baby after she urinated on their way home.
She added that when she asked her daughter what happened, she mentioned that the suspect had raped her. She noted that she went home in tears after seeing reddish, swollen vagina, remains of sperms, tissue paper gummed on her daughters two year old private parts.
Chinonye told the court that she called the suspect to enquire what he did with her daughter, but he denied she told the court.
She further said on February 6, 2020, she took her daughter to the Federal Medical Center, Owerri and Police Hospital to carry 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 to rearrange on Thursday, March 19, 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.