Defilement of 7-year-old: Police re-arrest, arraign grandmother, another in Enugu

The Police Command in Enugu State says it has -arrested and charged to court two suspects on the alleged defilement of a seven-year old within Enugu metropolis.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, said in a statement in Enugu made available to the News of Nigeria (NAN).

Ndukwe said that the suspects, who were still under investigation, included a 25-year-old native of Akwa Ibom State as well as the grandmother of the victim, who was an accomplice to the crime.

He said that the suspects were on June 22, charged to court and remanded in Enugu Custodial Centre pending further hearing of the case.

development followed the swift intervention of the Command, -arresting of the suspects and conclusion of preliminary investigation into the case,’’ he said.

He noted that the prime suspect, residing at Ugwuabor Abakpa-Nike, Enugu, was alleged to have on June 13, had carnal knowledge of the victim with the alleged permission of the victim’s grandmother.

“The victim’s grandmother, 61, a native of Imezi-Owa in Ezeagu Local Area, residing in the same address, was said to have been in the habit of exploiting the minor for financial gains.

is by giving out her seven-year-old granddaughter out to men for carnal knowledge,’’ he said.

The police spokesman further explained that the suspects were initially arrested by Neighbourhood Watch Group, but -arrested on June 16, by operatives of the Command attached to Abakpa Police Division.

“With the suspects re-arrested, the victim was rescued and handed over to Enugu State Ministry of Gender Affairs and Social for safe custody.

“The case was transferred to the State Investigation and Intelligence for thorough investigation and prosecution of the suspects on the order of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Aliyu,” he said.

Ndukwe said that the state’s police boss had appealed to parents/guardians to their children/wards with care, fear of God and uphold their fundamental human rights. (NAN)