Enugu Records 472 Rape Cases in 2 Years as Father Defiles 3 Children


Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu

No fewer than 471 cases of rape, defilement, sexual assaults as well as domestic violence have been recorded in Enugu state in the past 24 months with cases involving minors between the ages of eight months and 18 years accounting for 60 per cent of the number.

Of the number, the three councils within the metropolis – Enugu East, Enugu South and Enugu North – witnessed 349 cases while the remaining 14 councils experienced with rest with Igboeze North experiencing only one rape case.

Also, a case of a father (names withheld) who sexually molested his three daughters from the ages of 5, 7 and 9 was reported to the police. It was gathered that the children in question told the police that their father usually penetrates the eldest child with his penis while insisting that the other children face the wall as he penetrates them with his fingers.

The man is said to be presently detained at the Uwani police station while efforts are being made to transfer the case to the State Criminal Investigation Department of the state police command.

Speaking during a media round-table organised by the Women Aid Collective/Tamar Sexual Assault Referral Centre, (SARC) Enugu on the activities of the SARC in the past two years, the Executive Director of WACOL, Dr Joy Ezeilo, said the agency, which is a joint initiative of Women’s Aid Collective in collaboration with the Enugu state government, had made startling discoveries since its formation two years ago.