By Jonathan Ugbal
A businessman, John Anayo is said to be in Police custody for defiling a 9 year old primary two (2) pupil of St. Stephen’s Primary School Obudu.
The pupil, (name witheld) is said to be staying with one businessman who goes by the nickname ‘Chibest’ in Obudu and after his brother, Mr. Anayo had carnal knowledge of the minor several times, she found it difficult to sit and walk properly.
And, on March 15, her class teacher noticed the changes and decided to investigate.
“Her class teacher discovered that she could not sit properly and after a few questions, she opened up,” a senior management staff of the school told CrossRiverWatch on condition of anonymity.
“We took her to the hospital and explained our observation to the Doctor and requested for a check.
“The Doctor said he cannot do anything unless we report the matter to the police at that point we had to inform our… officer the Executive Secretary at the Local Government, who also supported the idea that we should allow the police to come in.
“And so after the Doctor’s test, it was confirmed that the girl was defiled. And Doctor’s test was not given to me however, it was given to the police, so I took it to the DPO (Divisional Police Officer) and he sent for the girl’s parent from Ukelle in Yala local government area.
“When the father came, we took him myself and other teachers to the DPO interviewed the girl and interviewed the man in question and he confessed. And the matter was now in the police for further investigation. He promised that after that, he will get me informed he has not given me any information yet,” he said.
The staff said the “act” was carried out at home several times according to little Ruth’s confession.
The headmaster, Mr. Ayigi Boniface confirmed this on phone and said the matter was been investigated by the Police.
Three calls to two lines belonging to the DPO, Mr. Eyo Lifu who is a Deputy Superintendent of Police rang but were not taken.
In a related development, CrossRiverWatch learnt that the cases of defilement of minors has been on the increase with Teachers said to be culprits also.
In Utuhu area of Obanliku local government area, two men were said to have been arrested for defiling a minor and have since been transferred to the state Police command in Calabar.
However, this could not be independently verified as Police spokesperson, Mrs. Irene Ugbo did not pick calls to her phone.
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