Three men allegedly raped, infected 12-year-old girl

Three men are now in trouble water for allegedly raping and infecting a sexually transmitted disease as well as causing serious virginal injuries on a 12-year-old girl, while as at the time of filing this report the survivor is currently receiving intense medical care at an undisclosed hospital.

Penpushing reports that the Imo State Police Command Public Relations Officer Henry Okoye disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, adding that the suspects which include Joseph Onyema (35), Uzoma Nwanoreze(30) and Eberechukwu Nwosu(43) have been arrested.

The police spokesperson an Assistant Superintendent of Police, said painstaking and diligent investigations into the incident was ongoing, but did not, however, indicate when the incident and the arrest happened.

Penpushing further reports that Okoye explained that police investigation revealed that the suspects raped the survivor (name withheld) on different occasions which made her contract a sexually transmitted disease as well as develop serious virginal injuries.

The statement stated that the suspects will be arraigned upon completion of an investigation, adding that the Commissioner of Police, Aboki Danjuma, has condemned the act and described it as barbaric, as he urged residents of the state to support the police in the onslaught against suspected rapists and other criminals in the state.

Penpushing also reports that in 2015, Nigeria enacted the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, which outlawed all forms of violence against women and girls, including rape, female circumcision and forceful ejection.

The offenders, on conviction, face life imprisonment or a maximum of 14-year jail term, depending on the age of the offender and the type of violence committed, while it is on record that several persons have been convicted by various courts for rape.

Penpushing reports that it is recalled that Ado-Ekiti High Court, in July 2022, sentenced a 49-year-old man, Dele Adeyanju, to four years imprisonment for raping an 11-year-old girl, while Bauchi High Court, in 2017, sentenced two middle-aged men to life in prison for raping a 40-year-old woman and plucking her eyes.

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