A 65-year-old man identified as Matthew Omokhafe, has been arrested for defiling and impregnating a 13-year-old Edo schoolgirl.
The Edo Schoolgirl is said to be a Primary 4 pupil in Akoko-Edo LGA of Edo State. Confirming the incident, acting Chairman, Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Joan Osa Oviawe, who noted that the board played active role in the arrest of the culprit, disclosed that the child’s custody has been handed over to the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.
“We took a course of action by visiting and ensuring that the case was transferred from the Akoko-Edo Area Division of the Nigeria Police Division to the State Criminal Investigation Department in the state capital, Benin City.”
Dr. Osa Oviawe added that “with the collaborative efforts of the Child Protection Network (CPN), SUBEB was able to handover the child’s custody to the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.”
Dr. Osa Oviawe further told newsmen that the case would be charged to court to ensure that justice is done.
Few months ago, a Lagos private school driver and a music teacher were charged before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court in Lagos, for allegedly having unlawful carnal knowledge of an eight-year-old schoolgirl.
The bus driver, Ibrahim Umaru, 39, and music teacher, Wisdom Akpoaereme, 33, stood trial on a two-count charge, bordering on sexual assault. The prosecutor, Sergeant Peace Chukwudi, told the court that the accused committed the offences between September 2017 and March 16 to 19, 2018, at a preparatory school in Lekki, Lagos.
According to Chukwudi, “sometime in September 2017, Umaru indecently assaulted the eight-year-old girl by forcing her to hold his sexual organ inside the school bus.
“On March 16, the second accused, Akpoaereme, unlawfully had carnal knowledge of the same girl inside the school music room.”
She said the offences contravened Sections 135 (1) and 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015, which provides that any person who unlawfully and indecently deals with a child commits a felony and is liable to seven years imprisonment on conviction. Section 137 provides life imprisonment for anyone who has sexual intercourse with a child. The accused, however, denied the offences.