A 48-year old man, Thomas Igbo from Ikolo, Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of Enugu State has been paraded by the Anambra State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC for alleged child defilement.
Mr Igbo, who is resident in Enugwu-Ukwu, Njikoka Local Government Area with his wife and four kids, is suspected for sexually abusing his three female children aged eight years, four years and eighteen months.
The suspect confessed to sexually abusing his eldest daughter but totally denied molesting the remaining two although his four year old daughter confirmed the molestation to a human rights group, Child Protection Network who facilitated the arrest.
Also a report from the Ntasi Centre, General Hospital Enugwu-Ukwu confirmed that the three children have been molested severally.
The suspect accepted to have only had intercourse with the eight year old girl once and blamed his action on alcohol and alcohol influence.
The State Commandant, NSCDC, Mr David Billie said the investigation by the Corps has gone far and the suspect will be charged to Court immediately the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN who has been on strike over Judiciary autonomy returns to work and the court resumes full activities.
Mr Billie bemoaned the painful story and asked parents to be more responsible in taking care of their children.
Narrating how the ordeal was discovered, Mrs Oluchukwu Chukwuenyem, the Spokesperson for Child Protection Network, reported that the case was brought to their notice after a neighbor noticed the despicable behavior of the man.
According to her, the daily chore of the man was to take the children separately on daily basis, mostly between 9pm and 10:30pm but what made the neighbor raise eyebrows was the day he asked them in Pidgin English, “e sweet” to the neighbor’s hearing
By David Okpokwasili