The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) has decried the high rate of child abuses and defilement in the South-East geo-political zone of the country, saying that about 15 children in Enugu State alone were raped by their fathers between July and November, this year.
Chairperson of FIDA, Enugu State branch, Nkiru Ugwu-Nwabueze, stated
this, on Thursday, during the opening of FIDA Week 2013 in Enugu.
Ugwu-Nwabueze, who expressed regret that the children were defiled
by those they call uncles, brothers, advised parents to always give
their female children sex education to enable them know some sensitive
parts of the body.
According to her, among recent cases which FIDA swung into action to
obtain justice was the defilement of a three-year-old girl by her
She disclosed that the evil father defiled his three-year-old child
while changing her pampers, adding that the father, after committing the
crime, claimed that his wife, who might have raised the alarm, was mad.
Ugwu-Nwabueze further averred that after investigations carried out
by FIDA officials, it was discovered the suspect actually defiled her
daughter and that his wife, whom he claimed was mad, only had minor
challenges after birth.
She also disclosed that FIDA facilitated the arrest of a man who
started defiling a girl when she was five years, adding that there was
another case of a nine-year-old girl who was recently defiled by her
uncle at Ezeagu, in Enugu State.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Chairperson of FIDA Week/20th
Anniversary Planning Committee, Edith Okorie, had said that the theme of
the week long event was very apt, saying when “you empower a woman, you
have empowered a nation.”
In her paper entitled: ‘Women empowerment, its gains and challenges’
which was presented at the event, the Solicitor-General/Permanent
Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Enugu, Mrs A. Onaga, had stated that
President Goodluck Jonathan had gone a long way in giving effective
representation to women in political and public office appointments.
President Jonathan’s administration, according to her, had scored
high marks on the empowerment of women, adding that women now know that
they could aspire to the highest office in this country.
The theme of this year’s women legal week, held at Filbon Hotel,
Enugu, was entitled: ‘Women Empowerment and Sustainable Development with
Emphasis on the Gains/Challenges’.