A man identified as Arinze Obiwenite has been arrested for allegedly defiling his 12-year-old daughter.
A statement from the office of the state Ministry for Women and Social Welfare, Ify Obinabo, said operatives raided the home of the accused after getting wind that he had locked up his children in the room for five years and was allegedly having carnal knowledge of the 12-year-old, while he fingers the younger ones.
According to the statement, the commissioner first paid a courtesy visit to the Traditional Ruler of Abacha community, Igwe Nwabunwanne Odiegwu, to notify the monarch before embarking on the mission.
“It was during the visit to the monarch that it was revealed that the suspect had been parading himself as a Christian who gives solutions to people seeking for answers without knowing that he has other motives up his sleeves. The traditional ruler explained that the community got to know of the suspect’s escapades when he accused some young boys in the community of raping the daughter.
The suspect was summoned to the palace on several occasions but failed to honour the royal invitation which made the youths of the community troop out en masse to his residence and on getting to his house, they discovered that he locked up his children including the 12-year-old.
When questioned, the daughter revealed that the father locked them up in the room for five years and that he always had carnal knowledge of her while he fingers the younger ones.
Upon interrogation, the suspect stated that he is married to 11 wives, but does not live with any of them at the moment.”thestatement read in part
The commissioner, after examining the children, vowed to ensure justice and also offer them a conducive environment for growth and proper care.
When interrogated, the suspect was said to have denied all the allegations leveled against him but pleaded with the monarch to forgive him and help find a way of resolving the issue without going to court, a plea which the monarch blatantly refused.
Some items said to have been discovered at the suspect’s residence included a long list of paper where he wrote down names of those he has killed and will kill, a hollow grave at his backyard where he admitted he stays to make his incantations if need be and some native medicines which he said were also diabolic.
According to the statement, the suspect has been arrested by the police and transferred to the state criminal investigative department in Awka.
He was arraigned before the Children, Sexual and Gender Based Violence Magistrate court in Awka on March 23, where he was remanded at the Correctional Centre Amawbia. His daughter whom he had subjected to abuse has been taken to an undisclosed hospital for medical examination and possible treatment.