35-year-old man allegedly rapes two-year-old child in Anambra

The suspect

Joseph Egwuatu of Name, in Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra State has been remanded for allegedly defiling a two-year-old child, according to a report by 247Ureports

Mr. Egwuatu, aged 35, was said to have been remanded by the Children, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State capital, for the offence.

The court said the offence was punishable under section 34, sub-section 2 of the Child’s Right Law of Anambra State, 2004.

Reports have it that the presiding Chief Magistrate, Genevieve Osakwe, duly informed the suspect of his constitutional right to a defence counsel of his choice before the charge was read and interpreted to him.

In an interview with newsmen, the suspect, Egwuatu, denied the allegation and claimed that he only volunteered to help babysit the child when he heard her crying as he returned from where he went.

He said he was shocked when he got to where the child was crying and saw her with blood stains and wounds all over her vagina.

He stated that he was trying to babysit her while also still wondering what could have happened to her, before one of their relatives rushed in and started shouting and accusing him of raping the child, all to his utmost surprise.

Mr Egwuatu insisted that he was innocent of the accusations and wonderiled what could have made him commit such act against the innocent child who is even related to him.

Speaking on the incident, the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Mrs Ify Obinabo, condemned the act and frowned at the rate of rape cases, child molestation and child abuse in the society these days.

She, however, assured the people of the state that the Ministry would follow the matter to the end, to ensure that justice was served the victim.

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