On Tuesday, an 11-year-old girl testified before the Sexual Offenses and Domestic Violence Court in Ikeja, Lagos State, about how Ezekiel Udoh, a 39-year-old car wash operator, allegedly raped and impregnated her.
We learned from a source that the occurrence took place in the state’s FESTAC Town region in 2020.
The juvenile was brought in as evidence by police prosecutor Z.A. Dindi.The victim described her ordeal to the court and claimed that Udoh used her twice.
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She said that on the first time, the defendant sent her on an errand and told her to bring the item into his room, where he then sexually assaulted her.
“He (Udoh) sent me to get him something, and when I got back, he commanded me to take it upstairs,” she added. When I did, he appeared and instructed me to carry it inside his room, where we initially shared a bed. He threatened to murder me if I informed anyone.
The second time he slept with me, I noticed blood oozing from my underwear. I was unaware that I was pregnant. When my granny inquired as to why I was gaining weight, I replied that I was unsure.
The victim, who is now 13 years old, gave birth to a kid who is now 1 year, 5 months old.
She lived with her grandmother since she was two years old, and the grandmother said in court that she was initially unaware that her granddaughter had been sexually assaulted.
“I believed it was menstruation the first day I saw a hint of blood,” she remarked. At age 11, you have begun menstruating, and your cycle is quick.
“I just realized she’s getting fat. Not until my sister arrived and informed me one day that I could have missed her. She claimed it appeared that she was pregnant. Then, after taking her for a checkup, the doctor informed us that she was five months pregnant.
She responded, ‘It’s a brother at the car wash,’ when we questioned her. She didn’t even know his name. When we went there to ask him if he knew her, he instead inquired about her pregnancy.
For further trial, the case was adjourned to September 29, 2022.