This was made known to the press this morning by the Ebonyi Police Command saying that they have arrested a middle-aged man for allegedly defiling nine children aged between six and ten years old.

NAN reported that the suspect, a father of three, allegedly carried out the act at Ezza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi state, where he lived in the same compound with the victims.

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The command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr George Okafor, confirmed the arrest, adding that the matter was under investigation. “The parents of the victims have, however, failed to bring them for proper medical investigation; we expect them to have done that for long. The matter would be charged to court after the conclusion of investigations; we promise the public that the matter would be pursued to its conclusion,” he said.

The Chairman of the Family Law Centre in Abakaliki, Mrs Elizabeth Nwali, said the centre petitioned the state Criminal Investigation Department about the matter. “This followed the complaints that the suspect, who was handed over to the Police at Onueke, headquarters of Ezza South, was discharged the same day without proper interrogation with him.” she said.

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One of the victims told NAN that the suspect defiled her five times and usually carried out the act in secluded areas, including inside a car. “When I am deep asleep most times, he will carry me to a corner of house and insert something from his body inside me after removing my clothes and his own,” she said.

Some parents of the victims told NAN that they became aware of the act when their children started complaining of severe pains in their private parts.

“The suspect admitted to the offence when confronted by members of the community and other stakeholders. “We suspect strongly that he uses the contents of the handkerchief used in cleaning their bodies for ritual purposes; our children have not being themselves since the incidents occurred,” they said.