How I Was Rape By Cousin,15 Years Old Girl Tells FIDA In Delta
By Saint Matthew, Asaba
The Association of Women Lawyers popularly called FIDA, were dazed as a 15 years old secondary school student and a princess in Idumuje-Ugboko palace in Aniocha North local government area of Delta state, narrated how she was raped by her cousin in the palace. The princess (names withheld) still suffering both physical and mentally the torture she received during the encounter narrated finished my bath and was dressing up when a masked male whose voice i identified as my cousin, entered the room as i was dressing and forcefully violated me “And he (rapist) threatened to kill me if i tell anybody, but two days later the pains became unbearable for me and my elder sister, who observed my unusual behavior arranged for medical checkup” “The doctor in the village, examined, and observed that i could not pass urine and referred me to Federal Medical Center (FMC), Asaba, for treatment, because the doctors were on strike i was taken to St Joseph’s Hospital, Asaba, where the doctors confirmed raped” she narrated The teenager said she was in the hospital for two weeks before she was discharged On her part, the mother of the victim, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwoko, said she was dumbfounded when she heard the news, adding that she reported to the crown prince who said he will try to resolve the matter, saying but i was not happy the manner the issue was resolved” According to her mother, police informed her after her daughter’s statement and the arrest of one Prince Obiajulu Nwoko, that one of the accused lawyers, Barrister Mbanefo Nwoko, told them that the teenage consented to the sex, which was not legally possible. The FIDA Team said the girl was allegedly raped by one of her cousins and was later allegedly evicted from the palace by the crown Prince who mediated in the matter, assuring the teenager justice. FIDA chair person, Delta state, Mrs Loretta Omezi led the team to the community lamented her traumatic experience before the team. Mrs. Omezi, who addressed Journalists after a meeting with the girl and her mother at their hideout, said that FIDA was disturbed by the spate of rape and had decided to pursue the case and give justice to the girl and her family. According to her, the group got information about the rape through a petition and had observed that the teenager has been so traumatized and intimated the ugly experience, adding that because of threat by her guardians and supposed protectors, she is scared of speaking up. While saying that the victim is now uncertain of what her life will be after now, she told the press that the rape victim want justice and FIDA was disposed to support her to pursue her right and justice. Although, she denied that she was still suffering some pains, FIDA officials observed that she needed to undergo more treatment as she could not sit properly and comfortably on a bench.