after the report of the alleged r-pe of a 16-year old orphan housemaid by her ‘uncle’ and torture by his wife by Saturday Punch.
The suspect, Afrobest Chinedu Eze, a
trader at the Alaba International
Market, Ojo, Lagos, was arrested on
Wednesday after several efforts by the police to track him down.
Saturday Punch had earlier reported on 28 January, how the victim, 16-year old Blessing, was brought about three months ago to work as housemaid in the home of Eze.
Janet (not real name) accused the man she refers to as ‘uncle’ of forcing
himself on her at three separate times
when his wife was not around.
According to the girl, when Mrs. Eze
came back from her travels, she
Janet also told Saturday Punch that the woman (Mrs. Eze), had accused her of Seducing her husband and tortured her as a result.
But Mr. Eze simply denied every thing as he told a Punch correspondent that the girl was simply lying.
The Divisional Police Officer of Iba, Mr. Michael Falade, explained that the
suspect had not been transferred to the Department of Criminal Investigation he had not personally heard the verbal allegations of the girl.
A correspondent, On Friday, confirmed that Eze had been finally transfered to DCI for further Investigation.
Mrs. Esther Ogwu, the Director of Esther Child Rights Foundation, who is handling Janet’s case calls on Lagos state government to find her a proper home.
“We are concerned that while the case
lasts, the girl’s life may become stagnant even though she is already traumatised. That is why we submitted a letter to the Domestic and s*xual Violence Team of the Lagos State Government and the National Human Rights Commission to seek a concerted effort to help the girl.”