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Husband rapes housemaid at knifepoint, wife forces her to drink concoction

A 13 -year-old girl has narrated how she was allegedly raped multiple times by her mistress ’ husband , Mr. Ulonna Amaobi , at Iyana Iba , Lagos .

Mary, an indigene of Jos in Plateau State, was taken to Nnewi , Anambra State, by her elder sister to find her a better life as their pastor father was financially challenged.

In Nnewi , Mary and her sister got separated when they had to work in different homes – her sister as a salesgirl and Mary as a housemaid for Amaobi ’ s mother -in -law.
But without her sister ’ s knowledge, Mary was sent to live with the Amaobis in Lagos .

Mary’ s sister , who had insisted on keeping a close watch on her , immediately relocated to Lagos in order to be close to her younger sister .

Mary got to the Amaobis ’ home in April. According to her , the man started raping her right from that month .

“ The first time he raped me and I bled , I reported to madam when she got back home. She did not do anything about it. But she beat me all the time when she accused me of stealing money , ” the girl said .

Mary said she was also routinely starved .
The couple had promised to enrol Mary in school also but made no attempt to look for a school for her during the four months she was there.

According to the girl , whenever Amaobi wanted to come into her room to rape her , he held a knife to her neck to prevent her from screaming.

“ There was a time madam was in the sitting room. He came to where I was and carried me to his room. I tried to struggle but he held me down and said he would stab me if I made any noise . When he finished , he told me to get out of the room and to keep quiet because I was crying. I still went to report to his wife and she did not do anything about it , ” the girl said.
The man allegedly continued the sexual attack multiple times despite the girl notifying his wife .

But on Sunday, October 22 , 2017, he raped her again as usual and the girl ran out of the house to report what he had done again to his wife .
Saturday PUNCH learnt that Amaobi ’ s wife took the girl to a hospital to conduct a pregnancy test on her .

It is not clear what the result showed but when they got home, Mrs. Amaobi allegedly handed the girl an alcoholic herbal drink, which she refused to drink.

“ Madam held a pair of scissors and said she would stab me if I did not drink it . I then drank the liquid. She did not tell me what it was for , ” Mary said.

Shortly after, Mrs. Amaobi told Mary to pack her belongings and she proceeded to hand her over to her sister .

Mary’ s sister cried profusely, blaming herself for everything that had happened to her sister as she narrated the story .

“ I brought her from Jos because I thought I could look after her . I blame myself for all that has happened to her , ” she said.

When the case was reported to the Esther Child Rights Foundation, officials at the NGO notified the police and Mr. Amaobi was arrested .
In a taped statement, Mrs . Amaobi admitted that she indeed took the girl for a test and administered what she called “ hot drink” on the girl .

But she refused to disclose what the concoction was used for when asked .

She said , “ I love the girl like my own child. I love the girl very much. Even when she was stealing money in the house , I took her to our church for deliverance.

“ It is true that she reported to me that my husband raped her . But she only reported once and that was this last time. I was shocked . I wanted to faint. I held my chest and was crying . ”

Director of the ECRF, Mrs. Esther Ogwu , said she petitioned the Lagos Office of Public Defender to ensure justice was done .

Amaobi was finally charged with child sexual abuse and child endangerment at the Ikeja Magistrate ’ s Court, Lagos on Tuesday , November 7 .

He was subsequently remanded at the Kirikiri Prison, Lagos pending when he met his bail conditions.

The case has been adjourned till January 25 for mention

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