IG orders Edo CP to probe alleged defilement of 6-yr-old girl

BENIN—INSPECTOR- General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, has directed Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. James Ezike, to investigate the alleged defilement of a 6-year-old girl (names withheld), by three students of School of Nursing, Benin-City.

IGP-Arase-Emmanue-AsuquoThe suspects include Kennedy, Paul Aghama and Jeffery.

The IG in the directive signed by his Principal Staff Officer, Idowu Owohunwa, ACP, also directed the Commissioner of Police to revert the earlier decision of the office of the AIG Zone 5 which in its report said the 6-year-old girl defiled herself by using instruments to penetrate her private part.

The IG’s directive was sequel to a petition by Olayiwola Afolabi, counsel to the mother of the girl, which appealed to him to constitute an independent panel of police investigators other than those from AIG Zone 5 to conduct a fresh investigation into the case, in view of the fact that some powerful persons were trying to use their positions to ensure that the case was swept under the carpet.

Giving the background of the case, Afolabi said that on May 25, 2015, the motyher of the girl, on discovering that her daughter was having abdominal pains, took her to the hospital where she was examined by a doctor who discovered that she had been defiled and her hymen broken.

He said when the little girl was questioned by her mother, she confessed that some students from the State School of Nursing who she gave their names as Kennedy, Paul Aghama and Jeffery took her from her mother’s shop through the window and defiled her twice on their bed.

The counsel disclosed that his client reported the case at Aideyan Police Station which later transferred it to Esigie Police Station where the section in charge of defilement cases in Benin was carrying out a discreet investigation into the case before the suspects and their cohorts concocted a frivolous petition to the office of the AIG in the zone.