By Nosa Akenzua in Asaba
No fewer than 400 rape cases of minors including increasing rate of domestic violence have continued to unsettle the Delta State government who at the weekend raised the alarm.
The state Ministry of Justice in a statement it issued by the director, domestic violence and Sexual Offences Unit of the ministry, Barrister Uche Akamagwuna, a copy made available to newsmen in Asaba, confirmed that the statistics of defilement and domestic violence cases being prosecuted by the Ministry, in Asaba even after the awareness programme, and campaigns to schools against sexual and domestic violence, were overwhelming.
He disclosed that the ministry was currently prosecuting 400 cases of rape and defilement of minors alone, With over 50 other cases of domestic violence, including five cases of incest in all the courts. across the state
Barr Akamagwuna further disclosed that a 17-year-old girl was recently ganged-raped by a group of suspected cultists in Ogume, Ndokwa West Local government area of the state, adding that though the suspects were arrested by the police and are currently being prosecuted, but inflicted severe injuries in the heart of the victim, regretting that cases of defilement had assumed a dangerous level in the state.
She stated that nine boys who ganged raped the girl have been arraigned in court and remanded in prison custody by Kwale High Court, while four others in similar situations in Asaba are being detained at the State CID for further investigation.
Part of the statement reads:” the Court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of one Lucky Ochade, a 46-year-old builder whose last known address was No 10 Okete Street, Ogbeole Ogume and subsequently declared him wanted for a case of a 10 year-old-girl alleged rape” and warned students not to be engaged in any sexual offences as the prescribed punishments for rape and defilement under Sections 357 and 218 ,Cap C21, Volume 1 of Law of Delta State,2006 is life imprisonment while indecent assault Under Section 360 Carries two years imprisonment for offenders”
Investigation revealed that Kwale, Ogwashi-uku community, Ughelli Communities, Asaba, Ibusa, Agbor and Okpanam communities are worse hit in the increasing cases of rape in the State, especially among minors and teenagers.
Only recently, a 16 year-old-girl (name withheld) was allegedly raped by a gang of rapists in Agbor community after she was abducted and taken to the bush but the police public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Andrew Aniamaka who confirmed the incident disclosed that the Suspects were currently being detained for further investigation at the State CID.