A herbalist, Emeka Obu, has been arrested by the Anambra State Police Command for allegedly defiling a 15-year old girl (name withheld) in Nimo, Njikoka Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Nkiruka Nwode, confirmed the incident.
She said the Enugwu-Ukwu Police Division was investigating the matter, adding that the culprit would be taken to court any time soon.
The lawyer to the victim, Mr Afam Akonanya, had petitioned the Anambra State Police Commissioner, Mr. Sam Okaula, urging police to take action against the culprit.
His petition was entitled, “Unlawful carnal knowledge, attempted murder by stifling, seizure of torn panties (underwear) soaked in blood, threatening violence and threat to life perpetrated by Emeka Obu.”
In the petition dated 29th September 2016, Akonanya asked the police to, among other things, “treat the matter with keen interest, conduct discreet investigation into same and cause gavel of justice to hit appropriately.”
The father of the victim, Ifemesi, told newsmen that “the 52-year-old native doctor visited the victim’s house in the absence of anybody; silenced her by covering her mouth, tore her panties and had carnal knowledge of her .
“When she started to bleed, the culprit used the torn panties to clean her up and left with the pant.”
Ifemesi said the incident took place on September 13, and that the family reported the matter to the Enigwu-Ukwu Police Station, which arrested the culprit.
He said, “Sometime in August this year, I borrowed N20,000 from my friend, Emeka Obu, and I promised that I would pay him back very soon.
“So, on Sunday, September 11, I gave the money to my wife to give to him because I was not always around.
“When my wife was leaving the house on Tuesday, September 13, she left the money with our daughter (the victim) so that when Emeka would come, she would give it to him.
“When Emeka came for the money, my daughter gave it to him. But when she was about leaving the sitting room to continue her house chores, Emeka pounced on her, overpowered her, and defiled the small girl.”