A native doctor has been detained on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
According to reports, the 49-year-old indigenous doctor Nwaduche Ekeneotutu had carnal knowledge of the girl against her will, a violation of state law.
The assault occurred in Enugu-Ukwu, Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra, and the girl is three months pregnant at the time of the incident.
Mrs Rachel Yohanna, Executive Director of Davina Care Foundation, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Saturday that the foundation was notified of the issue by a vigilante group in the region.
The indigenous doctor is a friend of the girl’s mother and was treating her for ‘Ogbanje’ spirit, also referred to as ‘personality disturbance’.
Yohanna stated that the alleged incident was reported to the Nimo Police Station on December 21 and the suspect was apprehended.
She added that the girl was also transported to Enugu-Ukwu General Hospital’s Ntasi Centre for Sexual Assault Cases, where it was established that she was three months pregnant.
“The Enugu-Ukwu vigilante group said they noticed the girl was roaming the area aimlessly. They called her and she narrated that she was sent away by her mother because she was pregnant.
“The girl told us the native doctor sleeps with her every night and abuses her.
“During interrogation, the mother of the victim told us she sent the girl back to the man who impregnated her.
“The native doctor, from Nawfia, told us he started sleeping with the girl when her mother asked him to marry the girl in place of her treatment bills which they could not afford,” she said.
Yohanna stated that the case has been referred to the Department of State Criminal Inquiry and Intelligence for further investigation.
According to her, the organization will garner support and continue to monitor the case until justice is served.