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October 24, 2015 ( Post 1 )


More than five months after an 11-year-old girl was
allegedly raped to death, her remains are yet to be
released to her family for burial. Anurika Nathan, an
11-year-old native of Owo-Ahia Afor, Obingwa
Local Government Area, Abia State, was allegedly
raped to death by her guardian, and her parents are
worried that her corpse had not been released for
burial long after autopsy was concluded on it.
The Nation had reported the death of Anurika, the
last female child of Mr. Chinenye Nathan, a civil
servant in Abia State, in the house of her guardian in
whose house she was working as a house help before
her untimely death.

The man had allegedly rushed
Anurika to a private hospital in Umuahia after she
went into coma, but the hospital referred her to the
Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia for urgent
attention. It was learnt, however, that the girl died
before they could get to the medical centre and her
body was deposited in the hospital’s morgue.
Sources in Owo-Ahia Afor said that Anurika’s family
members were pained by the death of their daughter
who had been sent to the ASOPADEC
commissioner’s house to serve as a house help and
also further her education. A family source told our
correspondent that they were yet to be shown the
result of the autopsy, adding: “We are sure that the
man abused our daughter, because at the FMC, blood
was rushing out from her private part. She also
sustained injuries on her legs.

The source, who said the police were already
investigating the matter, also accused the police of
trying to sweep the matter under the carpet owing to
the influence of the commissioner in the state. He
was allegedly bragging that he had the wherewithal to
influence police investigation against the poor
economic status of the victim’s family.
The immediate past governor of the state, Chief
Theodore Ahamefule Orji, had through the then
Commissioner for Information, Anthony Agbazuere,
addressed a press conference where he disclosed that
the state had placed the errant official on interdiction
because of the heinous nature of the allegation
against him, pending the determination of his case by
the police and the courts, adding that Sec
However, in response to a text message sent to his
phone, the Abia State Commissioner of Police,
Joshiak Habila, said that the matter had been
transferred to the DPP (Director of Public
Prosecution) for advice.

But the father of the late Anurika, Mr. Nathaniel,
said he was at the hospital when his daughter died
after bleeding for more than 30 minutes. According
to the late Anurika’s father, blood was gushing out
from his daughter’s genitals, mouth and nose, which
he said was a proof that she was raped.

He lamented that all the efforts they had made to
retrieve her body for burial had yielded no result
because the hospital demanded N970, 000 as the
medical fees they must pay before they would be
allowed to take her corpse home for burial.
Nathaniel, who said he was no longer interested in
prosecuting the case because of its financial
involvement, however appealed to the Abia State
governor, Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, to come to
their aid by directing the management of the FMC to
release his daughter’s corpse for burial or compel the
man that raped her to offset the medical bill to
enable him take his daughter’s corpse home, saying
that he and other members of the family had handed
the matter over to God.
A family source, who disclosed that the mother and
other members of the late Anurika’s family were
already traumatised by the development, stressed that
keeping their daughter’s corpse continuously in the
morgue would mean more emotional trauma for the
family.

The source also appealed to Abia State Government,
the management of FMC and public spirited
individuals to assist the family in ensuring that the
corpse of their daughter was released to them for
burial.


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