Rape: Abuja Residents Demand Justice For 4-Year Old As Father Backs Accused

Rape: Abuja Residents Demand Justice For 4-Year Old As Father Backs Accused

Abuja residents demand justice for raped 4-year-old [Photo: WARDC]

Residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, on Friday demanded justice for a four-year-old who was allegedly raped by a family’s cook 28-year-old Ebiloma Idris.

Concise News reports that Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh led the protest of Abuja residents to the Apo High Court where the case was brought for trial.

Dikeh said that the protest was a call for justice for the minor who was allegedly raped by Idris in 2016.

The celebrity said it was shocking that the alleged rapist was being protected by the father of the minor.

According to NAN, Dikeh said that the mother of the minor had tendered all evidence and medical reports which indicates there was a rape situation.

She quoted the mother of the minor as saying she was hoping the court in its final judgement would grant justice to the minor.

Dikeh said the accused, Idris, should be given a maximum sentence when found guilty to serve as a deterrent to others who perpetrate heinous crimes as child molestation.

Also speaking to NAN, Ayisha Yesufu, Co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group, called for fair prosecution and justice delivery.

“What the mother has been crying out for is that a lot of evidence that are supposed to be put in place have not been put in place as she alleged that the police are leaving out a lot of loopholes in this case,” she said.

“This case is a painful one and it took an entirely different dimension because I have never seen a case whereby the father of the victim is the one defending the alleged rapist.”

According to her, the instrument of justice must be used on every Nigerian.

“Like the case of Sen Elisha Abbo, the police did not do anything after he was reported since May 14 until there was an outcry in on Social Media,” she added.

“This is what is playing out in this case again because the minor’s mother had written out severally but nothing was done, she is also being threatened.

“The police should stop concealing evidence because the judge will only work with evidence provided before the court.”

James Idachaba, Head of Legal and Prosecution Department, FCT Police Command, said the prosecution had tabled all evidence it had before the court and was optimistic for a fair judgement.

Idachaba said he was available in court alongside the Prosecutor for the case because of the severity of the case and how much the police is interested in it.

“For us, the doctor’s report is already there and all our evidence are incorporated before the court. I am satisfied with what I saw,” he said.

“I have gone through all the proceedings and what has been filed as the final written address.

“We don’t go to court when we are not sure we would get justice.’’

On September 1, 2016, Idris was reported to have sexually molested a 4-year-old in their home, No 3, Justice Lawal Uwais Street, Asokoro, Abuja.

The charges filed against him stipulate that the offence was contrary to Section 32(1) and punishable under Section 32 (2) of the Child Rights Acts LFN 2003.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the crime and was remanded in the Kuje Prison for a court of higher jurisdiction to hear the case.

Idris was however re-arraigned before Justice Angela Otaluka of the Apo High Court on Friday with amendments on his charges – a two-count charge of defilement and sodomising a four-year-old.

Following amendments made on the charges, Otaluka adjourned the case to October 14 for further hearing to enable both the prosecution and defence counsel tender more evidence and witnesses to the case.

A large number of protesters were seen outside the court premises carrying placards with inscriptions such as #Justice for Khloe, #Idris Ebiloma must rot in Jail, #Justice not for Sale and #Say no to child molestation.

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Ridwan is a trained communicator who specialises in football and squash. He has been published by African Examiner. He provides professional coverage of general news, politics and sports, and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first Nigerian interview with South Africa's no. 1 male squash player, Jean-Pierre Brits. He is a proud Nigerian and campaigner for #NigeriaIsOurs.

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