A 65 years old retired fire service man, Mr. Okonjie Awulo has allegedly defiled a 12 years old girl in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State. Mr. Awulo was then arrested by the police and was granted bail. The girl’s grandmother Felicia Utulu narrated that Mr. Awulo who is her own blood brother forcibly dragged her granddaughter into his room and raped her. He then gave the minor N500 to keep her mouth shut. But according the girl started bleeding excessively and feeling intense pains. “I discovered my granddaughter’s movement and behaviour had changed completely and I, therefore, subjected her to questions,” she told Punch. “I insisted on knowing 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.” However, it was gathered that Mr. Awulo is trying to sweep the matter under the carpet after paying N40,000 for the girl’s treatment. The minor’s father Oyenka Chukwuka said the police granted the accused bail while he was away. “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 raped 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 the Police Area command, Ogwashi-Uku and formally lodged the report” he explained.
Delta Police PRO DSP Bright Edafe claimed that the case was not reported to the Police: “I have called DPO Ogwashi-Uku division and the Ogwashi-Uku Area Commander and they said the matter was not reported.”

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