42-year-old Imo driver impregnates 11-year-old girl

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Okorie Agwu, a 42-year-old driver with the Imo State Transport Company (ITC) narrated how he convinced, raped and impregnated 11-year JSS 1 student in Imo state.

The culprit recounted how he deceived, defiled and impregnated an 11-year-old girl to a family court in Owerri, the state capital.

“I convinced her with N100 note and promised her that I will buy a cellphone for her”.

The girl was a junior secondary school (JSS 1) student in 2017 when the driver allegedly lured her with N100 and repeatedly raped her in the bushes and uncompleted buildings on different occasions.

Agwu, who was remanded in the Owerri Correctional Centre by the court, said he drove her to a quiet place, including the secluded Akachi Tower area on Owerri-Aba Road, where he sexually assaulted her.

This, he said, continued until the minor, now 13 years old, became pregnant this year.

Agwu, who hails from Arochukwu, Abia State, is married with five children and separated from his wife.

The victim, now heavy with child, told police that, they started sometime in 2017 when she was in JSS 1 and continued whenever she was returning from school.

“I declined his offer, the day I consented to his demands was when he drove me into a bush, remove my clothes and raped me, and I went home bleeding,” said the victim.

The victim lives with her grandfather and stepmother, the latter reportedly threatening to send her out of the house, saying she cannot handle her ante-natal and post-natal care.

However, a non-governmental organization, Virgin Heart Foundation and Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Imo State Chapter, has pledged psycho-social support, medical assistance and legal support for the victim.

The convener of the Virgin Heart Foundation, Peace Dike charged security agencies and the judiciary to be proactive in the fight against sexual violence against women and girls.

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