After being accused of defiling a 12-year-old pupil, Jonathan Ogbe, a member of the National Youth Service Corps assigned to the Asamabiri Community Primary School in the Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, has abandoned his one-year compulsory national service.
To avoid being arrested and handed over to the police for possible prosecution, the accused corps member has refused to pick up his discharge certificate.
Mathew Ngobua, a spokesman for the NYSC in Bayelsa, confirmed that Ogbe had fled after learning of the incident.
He said “The accused has abandoned service and all his numbers and that of his next of kin are not reachable. He has not even picked up his discharge certificate for service.”
According to the victim’s father, Nelson Gbaranbiri, his wife alerted him to a strange discharge found in his 12-year-old daughter’s underwear while doing her laundry.
“When the accused corps member was confronted with the victim’s claim, he admitted being responsible and pleaded for forgiveness,” A.O. Aniso, counsel to the victim’s family, wrote in a petition to the state’s Commissioner of Police on September 3, 2021.
“And seeing that the minor was physically distressed and needed medical attention, the parents took her to the community medical centre and their worst fears were confirmed.
“After the medical confirmation, the family again confronted the corps member of his wrongdoing and he apologised profusely even offering N50, 000 to cover medical treatment. This is a criminal act and he has brought great shame to my client’s family.”
Dise Ogbise, the state’s chairwoman of the Gender Response Initiative Team, stated that they will work with the police to ensure that justice is served in this case.
“As GRIT, Bayelsa State, we will not relax and we will give the child all the necessary legal and psychological support needed,” Ogbise said.
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