The girl child is an endangered specie in Nigeria. Everyday, we wake up to horrible stories of rape and defilement in different parts of the country. A Premium Times report shows that Lagos state alone handled a total of 4,035 cases of rape and child abuse in one year. The annoying part is that after the initial parade, media buzz and public condemnation, the stories die or nothing is heard again about those cases. One can hardly find stories of successful prosecution of suspects involved in rape cases or proper rehabilitation programs for victims. In a society like this, it’s almost inevitable that the girl child is at the mercy of the society which is supposed to protect and nurture her.
Here are 5 rape stories that made headlines that show that the girl child is indeed an endangered specie in Nigeria.
The General Overseer of a church (name withheld) was on Thursday arrested by the Delta State Police Command, Asaba, for allegedly raping a seven-year-old daughter of his member.
Mrs. Celestina Kalu, the Pubic Relations Officer of the command disclosed that the suspect’s church is licated along Ibusa Road, Koka, Asaba.
According to Kalu, the cleric lured the girl into the church office to ‘pray’ for her but committed the act.
The victim after the incident, divulged what had happened to her parents.
The couple in turn immediately rushed their daughter to the Federal Medical Centre in Asaba.
The hospital report, according to the spokesman showed the girl had been raped and bruises were also discovered in her private parts.
Kalu added that on investigation, the suspect confessed to the crime and would soon be charged to court.
2. 71-year-old grandfather has been arraigned at a Kaduna magistrate court, accused of raping a minor
A 71-year-old grandfather has been arraigned at a Kaduna magistrate court, accused of raping a minor. With him in the court were two other suspects. The Kaduna State government wants to put a stop to the development, which is said to be quite rampant these days.
One of the suspects is a woman who is accused of facilitating the crime by luring minors to their violators.
Safiya’s mother, Hindatu Mohammed who was very reluctant to report her daughter’s case, said the incident occurred on June 13 at about 1pm in their residential apartment located in Tudun Wada, Kaduna.
She said, “After my six-year old daughter returned from school, I sent her to buy detergent for me, but she didn’t return early as expected. So I became worried and began looking for her. Then one boy came to my house to inform me that my daughter has just been raped. That boy told me that it was a woman who was passing by that caught the old man in the act in an uncompleted building within the area and she called for help, which resulted to his arrest.
“So I went out to see for myself and was accompanied by my co-wife; we went to the police station at Tudun Nupawa. When we got to the police station, I learnt that my daughter had been taken to hospital for test to ascertain if she was actually raped, and it was confirmed that she was raped.
“Now, I am so afraid that she might be infected with HIV/Aids and I was told that after the doctors’ investigation that it was discovered that she has been raped earlier by another person before that of the 71-year old man.
The police on Tuesday arraigned 23-year old Friday Ibe before Evboriaria Magistrates’ Court for allegedly having carnal knowledge of a ten-year-old girl.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Thomas Ojo, told the Court that the accused committed the offence on Aug. 6, 2015, at 4p.m. at No. 107, Igun St., off East Circular road in Benin.
He said that the accused unlawfully had sexual intercourse with the girl against her wish.
He said that the offence contravened Section 31 (2) of the child Right Act, 2003.
The accused however pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate Mrs J.O. Ejale granted the accused bail in sum of N100, 000 with a surety in like sum who must be gainfully employed and adjourned the case till Aug. 4, for hearing.
TEN-YEAR-OLD Hafisat has known pain. She has experienced the kind of pain that she couldn’t have imagined in her innocent mind as a child. She was raped by a 20-year-old man, Wahab Abdul-Aziz in Ogun State this year.
Her innocence was shattered forever by that singular act of an adult who is supposed to protect a child. Hafisat was raped while on an errand for her mother. She was lured into an abandoned building in Sparklight Estate, Isheri Olofin, where Wahab forcefully had canal knowledge of her.
Her cries for help went unnoticed. Her pleas equally didn’t appeal to this man who was hell bent on violating her young body, taking her through the throes of pain, anguish and shame. Hafisat felt pain while he ravaged her little body. She was filled with anguish because no one came to her rescue and shame because her life, emotions and body have been scarred for life.
Even though the suspect has been nabbed by the police, Hafisat’s case is one among many to be reported in Nigeria recently where girls have become endangered species and preys that are being hunted down everywhere in the nation by the paedophiles.
A 60-year-old man, Mayegun Alani, has been arrested by the police in Ogun State for allegedly raping a girl of 6 in Sango, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the State.
The Ogun police spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, told PREMIUM TIMES that the suspect, a landlord, committed the crime on Thursday.
Mr. Adejobi said the girl’s mother reported to the police after the victim complained of pains in her private part.
“The mother asked the little baby some questions which gave a clue that the landlord was responsible,” he said.
The suspect was subsequently arrested by the police.
“Initially he denied the allegation but later confessed to the crime,” Mr. Adejobi said. “He said that he has been having unlawful carnal knowledge of the girl for at least a month. And medical report confirmed that the girl has been raped.”