There was tension in Abudu community, the Orhionmwon local government area headquarters on Monday after allegations that Odionwere (village chief), Pa, Sunday Izekor, sexually assaulted a class two student of Junior Secondary Secondary (JSS), simply identified as Gift.
Pa Izekor,age 82, is said to have sexually abused the 13-year-old at different times before the news outbreak. Gift was said to have lost her parents a few years ago and she is currently being cared for by her uncle.
Indigenes, mainly youth, were reported to take turns raining curses on the Odionwere, even as many descended on him for the alleged abominable act. The intervention of Abudu police division officers was needed to prevent the situation from degenerating into chaos.
The police were said to have rescued the community leader from the angry mob and took him into custody. Trouble reportedly started for the village head after a friend of the teenager who was in the know of the defilement mocked the 13-year-old over the community leader’s sexual assault on her.
One of the youths, who is a state government appointee told Daily Post that the development drew the attention of Gift’s uncle and neighbors who questioned the rationale behind her friend’s “prank”.
Upon further investigation, Gift opened up that the traditional ruler, the Odionwere of Orhionmwon has had carnal gratification of her since early 2019. When contacted, the State police spokesman, Chidi Nwabuzor, on a telephone interview said he was yet to be briefed on the development.