Twin brothers, Chukwuemeka and Chukwuebuka Okpe, 16, have been accused of allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl in Abagana, Njikoka Local Government of Anambra.
The Executive Director of Davina Care Foundation, Mrs Rachel Yohanna, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, in Awka that the case was brought to the foundation by the mother of the victim, Mrs Benedict Sunday, a nurse.
The suspects were children of the caretaker of the house where the victim lived. She stated that the victim had been continually harassed for her refusal to be defiled a second time.
Yohanna said the alleged crime was reported at Abagana Police Station on January 16, 2022; adding that the twin brothers and their mother, Mrs Chinwe Okpe, were arrested. She said the girl was taken to Ntasi Centre for Sexual Assault Cases at Enugu-Ukwu General Hospital; where it was confirmed that she was defiled, following perennial tears (the area between the vagina and the anus).
In addition, she said the victim, accompanied by a police officer and an aunt to the suspects, went for a second test at police clinic. According to Yohanna, the result still came out positive.
The second test came after the mother of the twin brothers said the medical result from Ntasi centre was forged.
“The mother of the victim said her daughter complained of pains in her private part and stomach sometime in November 2021, without telling her the caretaker’s sons defiled her.
“As a nurse, she bought drugs and used hot towel to massage her daughter’s vagina area. On January 16, she said she got back from work and met vigilante group with her daughter waiting. The group said they brought back her daughter after she ran to them for safety.
“She said the twin boys tried to defile her daughter a second time and because she refused; they beat her. When the girl reported to their mother (caretaker); she slapped her and threatened to deal with her if she did not keep quiet.
“The girl ran to the vigilante group for safety. And her mother reported the matter to the police station in Abagana afterwards,” she said.
Yohanna said that during police interrogation, the victim said the twin boys attacked her in the bathroom; held her down on the floor and defiled her. She added that this occurred while her mother was away.
“The twin boys are still denying the defilement,’’ she said.
Yohanna said the victim was on treatment; while the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Akwa, for further investigation.
She said the case would be charged to family court after investigation; adding that the foundation will mobilise support and follow up the case to ensure the victim get the needed medical help and justice.