By Angela Nkwo-Akpolu Owerri
Owerri (Precise Post) – The Imo State Committee on Violence Against Women and Girls (ISCVAWG) has expressed concerns over the invasion of a court premises by supporters of the state director of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mr Ikenna Unegbu, arraigned for child defilement.
The disclosure was made in a statement signed by their representatives, Ms Marjorie Ezihe, Peace Dike, and Joy Daberechi-Onuoha in Owerri.
According to ISCVAWG, supporters of Unegbu, who was arraigned before a family court for defilement of a two -year-old baby girl, invaded the court premises and threatened to beat up a female lawyer.
According to them, some persons loyal to Unegbu numbering about 50 invaded the court premises on Thursday, March 19, 2020, during which they chanted solidarity songs and threatened to beat up the lady lawyer, Juliet Nwaiwu, who held a watching brief for the complainants of the matter, the little baby and her mother, their statement read.
Barrister Nwaiwu as secretary of the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Owerri branch, had held a watching brief.
ISCVAWG said she is “Outraged that after allegedly committing such a brazen act of inhumanity to a baby, an accused person like Unegbu could muster such courage to gather his supporters to visit the court premises, to intimidate the lawyer who selflessly represented the baby and mother.”
ISCVAWG called for sanctions on the police prosecutor, who during the arraignment of Unegbu, turned himself into a defense lawyer, and failed to protect the victim of the alleged crime.(Leadership).