The Chambers of Mr. Wale Babalakin has agreed to take up the case pro-bono on behalf of the alleged victim’s family, who are not so privileged in the society.
According to THEWILL, the alleged rapist is using his influence to stall prosecution at the Ajah police unit where the matter was first reported.
Initial checks by THEWILL has revealed that Dr. Okoro Akudo of the Etiosa LGA Heath Centre, who performed tests on the victim (whose name we are withholding), did find evidence of forceful penetration, bruises and semen inside the her.
This is a developing story and THEWILL correspondents in Lagos are on top of it. Below is a piece emailed by The Women Against Violence Group, a group of women that are keen on seeing justice in this alleged crime.
“On Monday the 4th of Jan 2015, Mr. James Ikenna Onuoha who works With Exonn Mobil and who is also a landlord of a property around Ajah raped a 14 year old who happened to be the niece of his tenant.
Mr. Ikenna Onuoha decided to visit the homes of his tenants to discuss an on going outstanding rent debt, the tenants had advised him earlier that they wouldn’t be at home. Only the 14 year old niece and their 3 year old daughter would be home on that faithful day.
The accused knocked on their flat and was attended to by the 14 year old child who told the landlord her Uncle and Aunty were not at home. Mr. Ikenna Onuoha insisted on entering the home of his tenants, to wait for them. The naive 14-year-old girl who had only been in Lagos for 3weeks, opened the door and let Mr. Ikenna Onuoha in.
According to the victim he checked the visitor’s toilet and around the small one room flat to be sure that there was indeed no one else around.
He went inside the room, checked the wardrobe and the bathroom, not finding anything he then started talking to the 14 year old, asking her details of her name and age. Mr. Ikenna Onuoha, who is meant to be a responsible citizen performed a dastardly act and pushed the young girl her on the bed and while she tried to scream he covered her mouth and forcefully sexually assaulted her in presence of the 3 year old!
Then in a bid to console her, he left N1,000 on the bed and left. Other tenants unaware of the incident saw him arrive and leave.
The victims aunty came home and met the young 14-year-old girl hysterical and inconsolable. After asking her repeatedly as to what happened and the girl being unable to answer, to everyone’s amazement, it was the 3 year old daughter who recounted the story to the mom “Mummy landlord came, he push Aunty C on the bed and he do like this like this on top her” describing to her mum and innocently recreating the movements she saw.
This was obviously distressing to the woman who called her husband who rushed home and reported to the police station in Lamgbasa. The police asked for medical report, which they got the next morning. The doctor’s report did confirm she was “forcefully penetrated “; the doctor on his own accord flagged the human rights office.
However till date despite contact being made with Mr. Onuoha, police knowledge and his employer’s knowledge of the serious allegation this man has not been apprehended.
As of yesterday 10th January despite full knowledge that this matter has been reported he failed to report to the police station at 9am as he had promised instead he called he victim’s family (his tenants) repeatedly and tried to convince them to meet and settle the matter. His calls prior to this were threats to evict them.
We are concerned citizens saddened by the state of affairs, in which numerous bodies are aware of this serious matter and the suspect is yet to be apprehended.
We feel we have no choice but to release this information to the public in the hope that the case gets the necessary attention it deserves and that the perpetrator is brought to justice.
We hope this also deters other closet pedophiles from committing such a disgusting act against women and children.”