Forty years old Franklin Orlukwere who allegedly raped a 13 years old girl in Ahoada East on June 10,2019 has been arraigned at a Magistrate court at Ahoada
Franklin Orlukwere had shortly after committing the heinous crime ran into hiding with various stakeholders urging the Chairman of the Local Government area and others to produce the culprit to face the law.
The Special Adviser on Media to His Royal Majesty Eze Felix Enene Otuwarikpo, Eze Igbu Upata 111 of Upata kingdom Monday Oyakiri had on Saturday handed over the suspect to DPO of Ahoada Town Divisional Police Headquarters in Ahoada East which shares the same compound with the area command after the suspect was arrested by the Youths last Friday. Eze Felix Enene Otuwarikpo said they want the law to take its course. I had informed the Spokesperson of Rivers State Police command on Saturday of the suspect arrest and need for immediate prosecution The suspect was arraigned Tuesday and remanded in prison.
The Eze Igbu Upata III of Upata Kingdom who was not happy over the bad publicity the incidents brought to the community resolved and mobilized a group of youths to storm the hideout of the rape suspect, Franklin Orlukwere and apprehended him. The suspect has since been handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution as a deterrent.
He said ‘’Franklin Orlukwere, who is 40 years of age on June 10th, 2019 joined the long list of rapists by defiling a 13-year old Basic 3 pupil. The Monarch who maintains a zero tolerance for crime condemned the act which he described as barbaric.
The King in his earliest submissions had called for the strengthening of the Child Rights Law to pave way for effective management of cases of child abuse. ‘’ he said my worry is that the menace had taken a different dimension which needed the urgent attention of key stakeholders at every level of governance. The amendment of the Child Right Act, spelt out of stiffer punishment should be meted out to offenders and their collaborators.
He maintained that, ‘’it is the sacred duty of government and the family to ensure that the girl-child is well protected from abuses and undignified treatments. Because, a lot of violent assaults had been committed against the child on daily basis without the culprits being brought to justice.
It is to this effect that the Palace of the Eze Upata wish to collaborate with other key stakeholders to ensure the amendment of the Act to give it more teeth to bite. Teenage pregnancy is another prevalent issue and it is high and has led to the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and Vesico Vaginal Fistula, VVF, among the teenagers.
It is noteworthy to say that the Upata King would wish to call on advocacy groups to put in motion arrangements on how best to sensitize the populace on ways to protect children from all forms of child abuse and neglect.