Emmanuel Ugwu in Umuahia
The police in Abia State have arrested three men for defiling an 11-year-old girl in Amuvi, Arochukwu Local Government Area following the alarm raised by the guardian of the primary four pupil.
The Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade, who paraded the randy men, said Chima Ochiabuto, 35, Immaculate Ogbonnaya, 25, and Uche Nwaokoro had “severally took turns to defile the victim” before nemesis caught up with them.
He said after the arrest of the amorous men, their victim was taken to the General Hospital Arochukwu for tests.
The guardian of the victim, Mrs. Chinwendu Ikechukwu, told journalists that she has been living with her little sister for six months now only for the little girl to fall into the hands of the men who were defiling her at will.
She said one of the suspects had convinced the minor and urged her to be disobedient and provoke her guardian to beat her so that she could use the pretext to run to them any time they wanted to have amorous affairs with the pupil.
According to Mrs. Ikechukwu, her little sister even disappeared for two days while they were looking for their stayed dog and it was after she appeared that she confessed that the suspects had been defiling her
Aside from the men involved in defiling a minor, the police also paraded other suspects for various criminal activities including a gang that specialised in stealing cars parked by the owners, stealing of motor batteries.
The CP lamented the rising cases of university students who get involved in heinous crimes, saying the students no longer engage in just cultism but join criminal gangs that commit violent crimes.
He expressed this concern following the involvement of a university student, one Victor Eborgu, who is the leader of a three-man car-stealing syndicate which included a blacksmith, Chidiebere Nnamezie, who admitted that he had been fabricating “master keys” used by the gang to unlock and steal cars.
Oyebade said the involvement of university students in heinous crime had introduced a worrisome dimension in criminalities in Abia, adding that students had become recurring decimals in the criminal gangs that the police have busted in recent times.
According to him, the gang had stolen a Mercedes Benz 230E car with registration number UMA 134 HR which was stolen on October 9, 2016 at a hotel premises in Aba, adding that the arrest of the suspect also led to the recovery of another stolen Mercedes 230E car with registration number AE 926 AMB.
The gang leader said he had stolen four cars which were sold to a buyer in Akwa Ibom State.