Security operatives have arrested a grandfather, Mr. John Eseigbe for defiling and allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl maid in Benin, causing the victim’s vagina muscle to clamp with discomfort.
The incident was brought to the attention of the State government by concern Nigerians.
The Commissioner for Social Development and Gender Issues, Hon. (Mrs.) Maria Edeko, said has however been stabilised by a team of medical personnel at undisclosed hospital.
She disclosed this in a chat with journalists in Benin City, the State Capital where she explained that the State government, ordered the arrest of the suspect.
Edeko, said the investigation is part of efforts by the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration to ensure child molestation, rape and defilement are drastically reduced in the state.
According to her, “Governor Godwin Obaseki has said no child under his watch will be defiled, raped or molested. He is determined to ensure that the right of every girl-child in Edo State is protected.
“The issue of child defilement for Obaseki is a serious issue and culprits must be punished for their crimes. We are talking about the 14-year-old girl today. We will not turn a blind eye to such crime as offenders should be ready to go jail”, she stressed.
But, the 70-year-old man, Mr. John Eseigbe, however, denied the allegation, noting that the girl, who lives with his family, stole from him and was sent packing by his wife.
He alleged that the parents of the girl are friends to his family, adding that he could not have jeopardised the long-standing relationship that exists between both families.
A relative of the victim who wept uncontrollably, recalled the ordeal of the maid.
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