A 70 year-old man has allegedly raped a 13-year-old deaf and dumb girl to death in Enugu State.
Our Correspondent,gathered that the act allegedly occurred last Saturday, September 23, at Aborjieze village in Umuagu-Inyi Autonomous Community in Oji River Local Government Area.
A community source alleged that the septuagenarian, Anthony Mgbenwa Okpara sexually abused the teenager, identified as Uche, daughter of Cyril Ajala Onwuzuru.
We were also told that the innocent girl died shortly after the old man sexually abused her .
“The girl’s body is in the mortuary as we speak and we want this matter to be determined in law of competent jurisdiction to serve as a deterrent to other perpetuators,” he said.
Our source further disclosed that the suspect was being detained at the Enugu State Police Command Headquarters, while anxiety grew in the community that he might buy his way out of the matter.
It was gathered that the community was determined to get justice for the young girl, whose parents are said to be miserably poor.
A community leader, who spoke on the condition of anonymity told our Correspondent that the suspect had allegedly abused another little girl in the past and the issue was swept under the carpet.
He said:“I mean that she was sexually molested to the point that the little girl lost her life immediately after the act.
“The interest in this matter is that the parents of this young girl are wretched and poor and the girl a minor, deaf and dumb, at the same time, she is dead due to this act.
“Now, Mr Anthony Mgbenwokpara ran away immediately he got wind of the death of this girl. However, after series of persuasions, he came and submitted himself to the police. Mr Anthony Mgbenwa Okpara and the family while in Police custody were using monetary inducements against the wretched parents.
“We are also suspecting that they will do the same with the Police.”