A male nurse, Austin Etim who works with the General Hospital, Calabar has been arrested by the Akwa Ibom state police for allegedly having unlawful carnal knowledge of a 14-year-old girl inside the male ward of the hospital.
Vanguard reports that the suspect was arrested on Monday, November 14, following reports by the hospital management and the Ministry of Health. The 14-year-old victim (name withheld), who was said to be taking care of her sick father at the hospital’s male ward, while the mother was running around for other things, was s3xually assaulted by the male nurse.
According to sources in the hospital, the nurse allegedly used a scarf to tie up the victim before assaulting her.
A nurse, who pleaded anonymity, said;
''The girl said he ( suspect) hit her twice before penetrating while tying her hands with a scarf, as she lost strength while shouting, but the suspect overpowered her and had his way.
The next morning which was Sunday, the girl who was crying, reported the matter to another nurse on duty as well as her mum, who collapsed when she heard the incident.
The furious mother called their pastor, who promised to come to the hospital after church service, but suddenly, the mother of the teenager changed her mind and said she didn’t want the matter prosecuted any longer.'' the source said
The management of the hospital handed the suspect to the police after he repeatedly denied the allegation.
When contacted, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, MOH, Dr. Iwara Iwara, said the suspect has been suspended and the hospital has been given 48 hours to medically examine the teenager and produce her medical report for onward prosecution of the matter.