By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
A group under the auspices of Save the African Child Team on Tuesday raised alarm over the alleged rape of a JSS 1 Student (name withheld) by a Youth Corper at Urhobo College Effurun in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State, AUTHENTIC NEWS DAILY report.
Leader of the group, Comrade Aghogho Ighorhiowhunu, a child rights activist raised after he filed a “Case of Emergency Protection” of the victim at the Family Court of the Warri Division High Court.
The group in a 26 paragraph affidavit in Suit Number: W/3/FC/2018 said the child was allegedly raped by an NYSC Corp member whose identity has been shielded by the Divisional Police Officer, DPO of Enerhen Police Station, CSP Emmanuel Yakubu.
“That between the months of April/May the said child was allegedly raped by an NYSC Corp member during a home lesson tutor program being organized by the school where teachers/corp members are sent to tutor children at home after school hours by the Principal of the school with an agreed fee being paid unreceipted and does not go to coffers of the Delta State Government.”
The group also claimed that the alleged crime was reported by the Parent/Guardian of the said child to the DPO of Enerhen Police Station and the said Corp member was detained by the police at Enerhen Police Station for some period of time.
The group stated that after it visited the college where a man who claims to be the Vice Principal of the school confirmed the incident but quickly direct the team to the police at Enerhen Police who were investigating the matter then.
The group said the Vice Principal argued that the JSS 1 Student has been removed from the school when it requested to see the child.
The group said the alleged removal ot the said child from the school is to cover up the shaddy investigation between the Police and parties involved.
The group opined that there are reasonable causes to believe that the aforesaid child is likely to suffer significant harm if the said child is not removed to an Emergency Protection Centre or any other approved suitable accommodation provided by or on behalf of the applicant.
That group said,”There is reasonable cause to suspect that the child is suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.”
That enquiry with respect to the welfare of the child is being frustrated by access to the child being unreasonably refused by the defendant in this case.
According to the group, “An assessment of the state of the health or development of the child or of the way in which the aforementioned child have been treated, is required to enable the applicants to determine whether or not the child is suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
“That it is unlikely that such assessment will be made, or be satisfactory, in the absence of an order under this Section.
The group further argued that the aforementioned child under the protection of the 1st and 2nd Defendants will suffer perpetually if this application is not granted.
“That the grounds for the Police to conduct enquiry/investigation into the state of development and survival of the aforesaid child to ascertained whether the aforementioned child was raped or not.
Based on thr alarm, the group is seeking,”AN ORDER of this honourable court COMMANDING the Police to search for and apprehend the following child (name withheld) ,a student of Urhobo College Effurun.
“AN ORDER of this honourable court COMMANDING the Parents/Guardians of following child (name withheld), the Principal and the Form Teacher to disclose the whereabouts of the said child in order for her to participate in the proceedings of this Suit.
“AN ORDER of this honourable court COMMANDING the Police to conduct an investigation into the welfare of children at Urhobo College Effurun and determined whether there was a crime of rape committed by a National Youth Service Corp(NYSC) member on any of the female child/children of the said school.
“AN EMMERGENCY PROTECTION ORDER of this honourable court COMMANDING the Police to take the following child (name withheld) by removing the aforesaid child from her current location to Explosive Academy Abraka which is a suitable approved accommodation/independent school for the purposes of correction and protection of the aforesaid child who is suspected to be beyond parental control in Delta State and keeping her there in accordance to law.
“AN ORDER of this honourable court COMMANDING the Police to take the following child (name withheld) to Eku Baptist Hospital in Ethiope East LGA Abraka while undergoing emergency protection at Explosive Academy Abraka.
“AN ORDER of this honourable court COMMANDING the Police to take such steps as is reasonable to prevent the aforesaid child from being removed from Explosive Academy Abraka and Eku Baptist Hospital all through the period of police emergency protection.
“AN ORDER of this honourable court COMMANDING the Police to take Parental responsibility of the aforesaid child at Explosive Academy Abraka and Eku Baptist Hospital respectively and conduct enquiry/ investigative report on the backgrounds and circumstance into the condition in which the aforementioned child is living in order to determine, whether the said child was actually raped at any point in time by a NYSC Corp member.
“AN ORDER of this honourable court COMMANDING the Police to provide 24hours security to the aforesaid child when undergoing emergency protection at Explosive Academy Abraka and Eku Baptist Hospital and do what is reasonable in all circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the welfare of the aforesaid child.
“AN ORDER of this honourable court directing the Medical Director of Eku Baptist Hospital to conduct a comprehensive medical evaluation on the following child (name withheld)
“AN ORDER of this honorable court COMMANDING the Police to arrest and prosecute any person who obstructs the Order of this honorable court.
“AN ORDER of this honorable court COMMANDING the Police to arrest any adult person caught exploiting the aforesaid child and brings such person before this honorable court to be dealt with in accordance to law.
AUTHENTIC NEWS DAILY reports that a date for hearing for the case is yet to be fixed by the Court.