According to reports from the Rivers State chapter of the Federation of International Female Lawyers, FIDA, there are indications that majority of the complaints come from the Ogoni axis of the state. There are also allegations of ritual connotations to the issue of fathers raping their babies.
Currently, there is an on-going case which the state FIDA is intervening and it is case of 2 years old girl who was raped to death by her own father. The mother of the tot hails from Mbaise in Imo State while the father comes from Enugu State and both live at Oyigbo area of Rivers State. In the said case, the Enugu State born father of the toddler had serially raped the little girl and when the mother could not stand it again, she had to report the case to the Police for investigation.
Our source reliably told us that when Police went into full scale investigation, the tiny tot was taken through proper medical check-up and the results were overwhelming as it indicted the father. It was confirmed that the 2 years old baby had her hymen broken and there was physical damage to her cervix.
It was at this moment that the father was reportedly quoted as saying that he would close the case with money. True to his words, the matter was turned against his wife who later became the prime suspect as she was accused of giving the Police false information.
We gathered that her husband had made sure that the Doctor’s report earlier obtained was re-written by a Police approved clinic that the earlier report was not tenable and armed with this new Police report, the woman was arraigned before Magistrate court and bail was not immediately granted as she was kept in the custody at the Port Harcourt Prisons for months.
She got a reprieve when the FIDA team intervened in her case and the lady was released on bail.
Now she is living with her father and attending court sessions thereafter. While she was in Prison custody, the police released her daughter to her estranged husband who continued raping his 2 years old daughter with much abandon until the tot reportedly died of several complications.