By Olisemeka Obeche
Mrs Imelda Nwachukwu, 70-year-old woman that was allegedly assaulted and raped by her grand-son inside her shop at Ogwa community in Mbaitoli local government area of Imo state on July 8, is still fighting for her life in the hospital, more than 10 days after the incident.
Orient Weekend learnt that the septuagenarian, who has been transferred to the Federal Medical Center, Owerri, has acute shortage of blood and in dire need of blood transfusion to survive her ordeal.
Barrister Harrison Emefiena Gwamnishu, the Director General of Behind Bars Rights Foundation, a human rights watchdog, who made the disclosure while giving updates on the medical condition of the embattled grandmother on Thursday, urged members of the public to come forward to donate blood to save her life.
“#MamaImelda needs urgent blood transfusion, O+. If you reside in Owerri and wish to donate blood to 70-year-old rape victim, please, inbox or visit Federal Medical Center, Owerri, (emergency ward). Ask to see Mama Imelda. Let’s save Mama”, he announced.
Mr. Gwamnishu had earlier on July 11, disclosed plans to transfer the woman to FMC, Owerri, for better medical attention following slow progress in nursing her back to full health, stressing that his group had run out of fund and needs public assistance.
“Our plan is to move her to Federal Medical Centre. We are out of fund to help pay the medical bills at the hospital and also pay for drugs when she’s finally transferred to FMC, Owerri. At this point, I seek for your donation,” he appealed, adding, “First; we are taking care of her and also looking for the rapist.”
Orient Weekend had, in its July 14 edition, reported how a 25-year-old Chidera Nwachukwu, fled his community after allegedly raping the 70-year-old aunt. The septuagenarian was in her shop where she sells biscuit and other petty items when the 25-year-old, who came to brief her about his recent trip to Owerri, suddenly knock her off and had carnal knowledge of her, while she was unconscious.
Shortly after the incident took place, villagers immediately took the victim to the undisclosed hospital for medical attention, while the case was reported at the Ogwa police station with police operatives still trying to arrest the fleeing suspect.
According to Gwamnishu, the group decided to wade into the matter to ensure that the fleeing suspect was brought to justice to serve as a deterrent to others. “This can’t be justified by anyone. Not even a lawyer can defend the man. Mama is not wearing mini skirt or looking sexy. This is evil and we demand death sentence for the rapist.
By Olisemeka Obeche