Mr Okonjie Awulo, a retired fire service officer in Delta State, has gotten into serious trouble with the law.
The man allegedly r*ped a 12-year-old girl (name withheld) in Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the randy Awulo who was said to be in his late 60’s was arrested following a complaint lodged by the victim’s father, Mr Oyenka Chukwuka, but was immediately granted bail.
It was learnt that the suspect offered the teenager N500 to seal her mouth. But could not bear the pain, hence she opened up.
Narrating the incident, the victim’s grandmother, Mrs Felicia Utulu, said the Awulo forcefully dragged the girl into his room and r*ped her to the extent that blood was sluicing down on her body.
She said, “I discovered my granddaughter’s movement and behaviour had changed completely and I, therefore, subjected her to questions.
“I insisted to know why my granddaughter was behaving funny but instead of saying something, she ran to her father, and opened up to him about how she was sexually abused by my brother who threatened to kill her if she ever tells anyone.”
The grandmother said the girl’s father reported the matter to the police at Ogwashi-Uku, but lamented the manner the suspect was granted bail after the victim’s father had collected N40,000 from him.
But when contacted, the victim’s father, Mr Oyenka Chukwuka said he didn’t collect Kobo from Awulo, and that he was in Owerri, Imo State when the Police granted the suspect bail.
“The N40,000 Awulo paid to the family was part of the money spent at the hospital where my daughter is being treated, we still need more money to treat her.
“I was surprised when my daughter told me that she was r*ped by her mother’s brother.
“When she told me, I threatened to kill whoever was involved but was advised to report the matter to the Police which I did and quickly went to Police Area command, Ogwashi-Uku and formally lodged the report” he explained.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state DSP Bright Edafe stated that the case was not reported to the police.
He said, “I have called DPO Ogwashi-Uku division and the Ogwashi-Uku Area Commander they said the matter was not reported.”