11th May, 2022
CHILD PATERNITY DISPUTE: RESPONSE TEAM REJECTS ATTEMPT BY POLICE TO FORCE BIOLOGICAL FATHER TO DNA
…Demands prosecution of Ozoemena Oguamanam, the self-confessed adulterer.
The Rivers State Response Team on Violence Against Women and Children say it is rejecting in its entirety, the plans by the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, of the Rivers State Police Command to intimidate and force Mr. Orukwo Chukwulladi to a DNA test, against his wish and that of his daughter to determine if he is the biological father of the child of his marriage.
The Team which also expressed its disgustment at the claims of one Ozoemena Oguamanam, who claimed to have been having extra-marital affairs with the late wife of Mr. Orukwo before her demise in August last year (2021), said it is seriously worried that the self-confessed adulterer is still allowed by the Police to walk the streets free without prosecution despite pleas by Mr. Orukwo that the Police hold Ozoemena as responsible for the circumstances that led to the death of his wife, Chikordi Orukwo.
Tombari Dumka-Kote, Coordinator, Rivers State Response Team on Violence Against Women and Children, and Chairman, Rivers Indigenous NGOs & Civil Society Network (RINGOCS), made the position of the Team known to newsmen after Mr. Orukwu Chukwuladi visited the Teams office with his daughter to complain of the torture and trauma they had gone through in the hands of Mr. Ozoemena Oguamanam and the Police at Omoku and the SCIID Port Harcourt.
Dumka-Kote who wondered why Ozoemena waited for over 10years of the birth the child, and after the death of Mrs. Orukwo in controversial circumstances before coming to claim the child as his, said it was immoral and an abomination for a man to have come out in the open to even confess that he has been committing adultery with a legally married woman still under the roof of her husband.
‘The plan to force Mr. Orukwo and his underage daughter to DNA test against their wish at the instance of Mr. Ozoemena, who was at no time legally married to the biological mother of the child, is not only in breach of their Fundamental Human Rights as enshrined in Sections 34(1)(a) and 37 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but is outside the statutory duty of the Police as contained in section 4 of the Police Act 2020. ‘The proposed DNA as it is against wish of the Orukwo’s also violates Sections 1, 2(1), 7(1), 8(1)(2) and 11(a)(b) of the Rivers State Child Rights Law, 2009, and Sections 3,5 and 13 of the Rivers State Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law 2020.
Dumka-Kote while assuring of his Teams intervention and support for the Orukwo’s, whom according to him have suffered greatly in coercion, offensive conduct, emotional and psychological abuse, called on the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Eboka Friday, to intervene into the matter and prevail on the SCIID to allow the Orukwo’s be; and order the immediate arrest and prosecution of the said Ozoemena Oguamanam, for false information and conduct likely to cause a breach of public peace.
Michael Gbarale, Chairman, Child Protection Network (CPN) Rivers State, in his response said the network is quite concerned that a man who ordinary should hide his face in shame is now telling the State Police Command what to do. By saying a man who his legally married and had children together with his dead wife should be forced to a paternity test with his children.
According to Gbarale, the Teams expectation is that by now, the shameless and adulterous Ozoemena Oguamanam, should have been cooling in Police Custody by now. He said Mr. Orukwo and his family should be protected from people like Ozoemena, and not subjected to further mental torture in the best interest of the children of the marriage.
Also speaking, Obianuju Efobi, esq., a member of the Team and State Programme Manager, at Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organization (WEWE), said it was shameful that a man of the age of Ozoemena could voluntarily subject himself and the innocent family to the kind of moral mishap witnessed so far, not minding the social implication on the psych of the child.
Efobi called for a mental examination of Ozoemena, to ascertain that he is of sound mind, as no responsible citizen will venture into what he has done.
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