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Monday, 28 April 2014

Policeman Brutalises 8 Year Old Girl and Ties Her Up Under His Bed

Just last week a video went viral of a policeman assaulting a young woman in Lagos, while threatening to kill with his gun. And today, according to a Punch report, residents of Olufowobi Street, Ketu in Lagos, were thrown into shock after an 8-year-old girl, Amarachi Abakwam, was found tied up under the bed of a policeman Augustine Gbuchenge, with injuries on her head.

The father of the victim, Patrick, said that on the fateful day he had been looking everywhere for his daughter until they discovered her tied under Gbuchenge’s bed. Patrick said, “Last Thursday, I returned from work around 7.30pm and met my children and wife outside. There was power failure on that day so everywhere was dark. I asked after Amarachi but my wife said she was probably in our apartment sleeping. I was not satisfied with this explanation because my children don't usually sleep early. When I went up, I did not see my daughter so we started asking around. Some little children in the compound then told me that Gbuchenge had called my daughter earlier to help him buy akara.

“I went to the policeman’s room to challenge him but he denied seeing my daughter so we continued looking everywhere. After sometime, the whole compound got involved in the search and all clues pointed to the policeman.”The little girl was finally found under the policeman's bed, she was bound by her hands and feet while a piece of cloth had been stuffed in her mouth. She was said to have been bleeding profusely as she had sustained a broken skull.


Narrating her ordeal, Amarachi said, “On that day, he (Gbuchenge) asked me to buy akara for him. After I returned, my mum asked me to go upstairs to do the dishes. As I was going, the man pulled me from behind and took me into his room. He then tied me up. He did not rape me. After sometime, my parents started shouting my name and calling me, the policeman used an iron to hit me in the head repeatedly and then pushed me under the bed and used clothes to cover me. Under the bed, I saw little children’s clothes".

“He then turned on his generator so that even if I tried to shout, no one would hear. After sometime, he left. I continued to hear my father’s voice and I struggled to push my leg from under the bed. That was how they saw me and rescued me.
” Amara described the policeman as a very friendly person who usually bought sweets and biscuits for children in the compound. She said she was surprised that he would do such a thing.

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