Child Rape: Victim’s father to collect cash, dismiss trial

Father of a 14-year-old girl who was allegedly raped about a week ago by a 67-year-old man in Rivers State, has opted for financial compensation, rather than have the police go ahead with an investigation.

Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES, Friday, on his decision to receive N370, 000 as part of a settlement, the victim’s father, Rufus Felix said, “She’s my daughter, I have the right to decide what I want. My decision is also her decision.”

“They are exposing my daughter to the world. I am not happy with people who took the matter to Facebook. This is my daughter, not any other person’s daughter.”

The victim was allegedly raped inside a hospital facility, Kendox Medical Services Ltd, in Port Harcourt, by the suspect, Shedrack Ejinwa, who is reportedly a former employee of an oil company and was a patient in Kendox at the time of the incident,
The girl said Mr Ejinwa bought plantain chips from her in a shop near the hospital and asked her to come over to his hospital room for the money.

“I went to his room, knocked at the door, he told me to come in. As I entered the room, he locked the door, pushed me to the bed and raped me,” she told medical officers at Doctors Without Borders who examined her.

Following a petition from a human rights group, Behind Bars Initiative, Mr Ejinwa was arrested and detained for days by the police at Elelewon, Port Harcourt.

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