Men of the Ebonyi State Police Command, on Thursday, arrested a 56-year-old man, simply identified as Anointing, for sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl.
Anointing, who hails from the Ezza North Local Government Area of the state, was accused of usually sending the Primary 5 pupil on errands and asking her to bring whatever she bought for him into his room, where he allegedly assaulted her, Punch Newspaper reports.
The Special Assistant to the Governor on Security and Utility (Capital City), Nchekube Anakor, confirmed the incident to journalists shortly after interviewing the victim.
While narrating her ordeal, the victim said, “The suspect is a painter and lives in the same compound with my parents close to the Federal High Court, Abakaliki. I used to run errands for him.”
“He has been sexually abusing me. Yesterday (Wednesday) wasn’t the first time that Mr Anointing abused me sexually; it happened on many occasions.”
“He would always send me to buy something for him and when I come back, he usually asked me to bring whatever item I purchase for him to his room. Each time l entered his room, he used to touch my breasts and insert his fingers in my private parts. I didn’t like what he was doing to me and I didn’t know how to tell my parents.”
Anakor said he got a tip-off about the incident from one Tochuckwu Nwankwegu and others around 3.30am.
He stated, “On getting to the compound, I discovered that the man had been caught with the girl by neighbours who raised the alarm.”
“Thanks to Tochukwu Nwankwegu and others from Disco 12. It was like a joke until the 11-year-old girl from the Ezza North Local Government Area, who lives near the Federal High Court, Abakaliki, opened up on how Mr Anointing, a painter, who also lives in the same building, had been taking her into his room and sexually abusing her.”
According to him, the suspect, who refused to say anything at the scene of the incident, was taken to the Kprirkpiri Police Station, Abakaliki.
Anakor advised parents to look after their children, especially females, adding, “This is what I have been shouting to you parents. Look after your children, especially the female children. Know what your child is doing at school and in the house, and monitor their movement; it is highly necessary.”