By Angela Nwaeze Mbaocha
Ebonyi Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a retired police officer over alleged defilement of 10 year-old girl.
The suspect identified as Mr. Christopher Idam was accused of committing the crime with one other suspect, Mr. Oka Chukwu, both form Amapu, Amasiri in Afikpo North Local Government Area.
The victim was identified as Amarachi Idenyi of the same community.
Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Loveth Odah said the victim’s mother who reported the incident which was discovered on August 17, 2019, stated that her daughter who was sent out to sell animal skin (canda) within the village was lured to the retired police officer’s house, Mr. Idam
“She further explained that on interrogation, the child mentioned the second suspect, Oka Chukwu, male, and confirmed that both suspects usually lure her into their individual houses with money and have carnal knowledge of her,” she narrated.
Odah further said the case has been incidented, while the suspects were arrested and statements were being taken from both parties.
“Police medical performer was served accordingly for medical report and the case transferred to the state CID for further investigation, she stated.
When asked what happens since the girl never raised alarm during the incidents, the PPRO noted, “The law believes that having sexual knowledge of a child from 10 years below is defilement, and a child of 10 years has no control over her actions and can easily be induced and she remains a minor”.