Shocking! A 10 Years- Old Orphan, Favour Refuses To Resume School, See The Reason
On daily basis, cases of minor’s molestation by adult men have been reported and it seems nothing is practically done by the government to put a stop to it. This, of course, has continued to be on the front burner of our national discourse.
Again, a 10-year-old primary four pupil at Akpoha community in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Favour (surname withheld), who was reported to have been raped by a 24 -years -old man has refused to return to school.
Favour, who is an orphan, was allegedly raped by Francis Ikpor. The girl, who lives with her 60-year-old grandmother, Mrs. Orie Enya, was reportedly defiled on her way from school by Ikpor. Favour was said to have raped while she was looking for where to fetch drinking water.
The aged grandmother disclosed that it took God’s intervention to discover the defilement. The grandmother said she had to embark on a nine-day prayer before she was able to discover the act against the orphan.
However, the rape case was reported to a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the Mother and Child Development Forum. Mrs. Flora Egwu, the Director of the organization that handling the matter, decried the defilement.
Egwu, who is the Gender Desk Officer of National Obstetric Fistula Centre (NOFIC), Abakaliki, said the victim’s grandmother, who noticed changes in the girl’s behaviour, even after flogging Favour, was not told of the incident till the seventh day of her prayers when she noticed blood stains in her private parts as she bent down in the kitchen to make fire.
Egwu called on government at all levels, cooperate bodies, philanthropists, and well-meaning individuals to join the fight against the increase in gender-based violence against women and children.
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