By Jude Atupulazi
It was yet another shocking discovery when two men, aged between 61 and 27 years, were discovered to have raped four minors of the same parents left in their care by their mother.
Fides gathered that the children whose ages are 11 months; 5 years; 7 years and 10 years, were defiled at various times by the men when their mother left them in their care to go to market.
A press release by the state police command’s spokesperson, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, gave the names of the suspects as Peter Ezeala, 61 years, of Mbano, Imo State and one Elochukwu Igwilo, 27 years of Ekwusigo Local Government Area, Anambra State.
Ikenga said the Police had rescued the four children, while also arraigning the suspects in court.
In the press release, the Commissioner of Police, Anambra Command, CP Echeng Echeng, enjoined parents/guardians to exercise utmost discretion in deciding in whose care their children/wards were kept.
The release read: ‘The CP gave this advice Monday, 21st March, 2022, following the arrest and interrogation of two suspects – one Peter Ezeala, 61, years of Mbano, Imo State and one Elochukwu Igwilo, 27 years of Ekwusigo Local Government Area, Anambra State.
‘The suspects were arrested for their alleged involvement in a case of defilement of four minors aged 11 months; 5 years; 7 years and 10 years, respectively. The incident occurred in Umudim, Nnewi, Anambra State on 5th, March 2022.
‘Investigation reveals that the mother of the victims, a trader, always left the children under the care of the suspects whenever she was away at work. Unfortunately, the suspects capitalized on this to take undue advantage of the children,’ the release stated, noting that the suspects had been remanded in a correctional service centre, after their arraignment.