BY CHIDI NKWOPARA, OWERRI.
Uneasy calm has enveloped the sleepy, rural Ehume autonomous community in Obowo local council area of Imo State, following what the villagers termed “the mindless gang-raping of an innocent 11-year old in the area”.
Vanguard gathered that the hapless girl, Ngozi (surname withheld), hails from Amaiyi, Ihitte Uboma local government area, but resides in Ehume with her parents.
It was also gathered that on the day of this ugly incident, the girl’s parents sent her to buy a few of their food needs from the popular Onuimo Rescue Market, Umungwa, Obowo.
Vanguard was also told that in a bid to quickly deliver on her parent’s assignment, the girl decided to take a commercial motorcycle to and from the market.
“That was how she boarded the motorcycle piloted by 35-year old Onyekachi Nwankwo, a native of Umunachi, Obowo”, the girl’s father (names withheld) recounted with grief.
The obviously angry father also recalled that soon after Onyekachi picked Ngozi at the entrance of the market, he told the girl that he intended to pick his friend, Chike Njoku, who was waiting for him at the time, at Ekeja Market in Ehume, Obowo.
“My daughter innocently agreed. The story suddenly changed when Onyekachi picked his friend veered off the road into a track leading to the boundary river between Umunachi and Umuagu communities in Obowo.
The traumatized girl recalled that: “When I saw the weapons they were holding, I had no option than to follow them. They parked the motorcycle inside the bush, pulled off my dress and had sex with me, one after the other. They left me to my fate thereafter”.
Efforts made to get a confirmation of the ugly incident from the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, proved abortive as his mobile line could not be reached before press time.