A man, Benjamin Wariebi, 20, has been arrested by the Police
from ‘A’ Division of the Bayelsa State Police Command over the rape of an 11-year old in Bebelebiri II Community of Yenagoa, the State Capital.
The incident which occurred on Saturday at about 8pm, threw the entire community into shock as the defiled girl was being rushed to the Federal Medical Centre as blood gushed out from her private part.
She was said to have undergone multiple stitches to her virginal before the blood gushing out could be contained.
The victim, names withheld, who eventually recounted her ordeal, said the arrested pedophile had sent her on an errand, “and asked me to go and buy N50 groundnut for him; and when I brought the groundnut. he dragged me inside his room clamped his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming.”
“After he finished, I was crying and bleeding with lots of pains. Some youths saw me and asked me questions. He wanted to run but was apprehended.”
The mother of the child told ALSC that she is under pressure from some people to collect money and stop the prosecution of the rapist.
She however said she was not interested in the attempts by such persons to stop the prosecution of the violator of her child with money.
She said, “All I need is justice. He must be made to pay for this gross damage against my child.
A lawyer, Bar. Dise Ogbise-Erhisere, who is the Chairperson of the ‘Do Foundation,’ an advocacy group against Rape and violence against the girl child, expressed concern over the rising cases of rape cases in the state.
She said: “One, two, many cases again. I am short of words. The girl has been stitched up and in pain. She’s responding to treatment though.
“The perpetrator is in police custody. This is a clear case of defilement and I will urge the team of policemen to quickly tidy up their investigation and send the file to DPP for legal advice and possible immediate prosecution of the perpetrator,” she said.
The Spokesperson of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the arrest of the rapist, said “he has been arrested and detained and investigation is ongoing.”