Posted by Nwamaka Maduchukwu | 14 July 2016 | 2,199 times
The wife of the Governor of Abia State, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu, has come to the aid of a 11 year old girl Blessing (real name withheld) a native of Okaiuga Nkwoegwu in Umuahia North LGA of Abia State, who was sexually molested by two men.
A national daily had on Sunday reported the story of the girl and her friend (name not disclosed) who were lured by the two men to a building in the community where the victim who was sexually abused, mauled and maimed by the two men now at large. The girl had sent an SOS to the authorities and Mrs. Aisha Buhari alleging that the police are not doing enough to bring her molesters to justice.
Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu, who visited the home of the victim immediately after the news broke, expressed shock that humans could debase themselves to the level of animals to attack and molest an 11-year-old girl.
Mrs. Ikpeazu, who disclosed that the matter was strange and very painful to her, revealed that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has ordered a full-fledged investigation into the matter and has directed a manhunt of the two suspected culprits and their collaborators.
The wife of the Governor has taken the young girl into her care and conveyed her to the state-owned Specialist Hospital where she is currently receiving treatment for her injuries at the expense of government.
Mrs. Ikpeazu also announced that the Governor had directed the construction of a new home for the family of the abused girl while she had been granted a full scholarship up to University level.
Talking to newsmen Mrs. Ikpeazu said: “We are doing our best to help her overcome this traumatic period quickly. We will rehabilitate her and give her a renewed sense of life. A new house is to be built for her family while we are also setting up a new business for her mother who is just a petty trader to help her sustain the family. Her father is out of work. You can see the place they live. It is sad. It is painful that people, adults who should care for and protect young ones now become predators and prey on such little children. We will not tolerate that. The security agencies will fish out the culprits and bring them to book.”
Mrs. Ikpeazu further revealed that she has tasked relevant bodies like the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and the state Ministry of Women Affairs to assist and follow through to ensure fairness in the investigation and the subsequent judicial process. They accompanied her on the visit to the girl’s home.
•Nwamaka Maduchukwu is the Chief Information Officer at Government House Umuahia. Photo shows, from left; wife of Abia Governor, Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu, with abused girl and her mother.
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