There was confusion in Abudu community, Orhionmwon local government area on Monday following accusations that the Odionwere (village head), Pa, Sunday Izekor, sexually assaulted a Junior Secondary School (JSS) class two student simply identified as Gift.
The community leader,82, was said to have sexually abused the teenage girl, 13, at different times before it became public knowledge.
Gift was said to have lost her parents some years ago and is currently being accommodated by her uncle.
Outraged subjects reportedly took turns to rain causes on the Odionwere even as many descended on him over the abominable act.
It took the intervention of operatives of Abudu Police division to halt the situation from degenerating.
The police were said to have rescued the community leader from the angry mob and took him into custody.
Trouble reportedly started for the village head after a friend of the teenager who is in the know of the defilement mocked the 13-year-old with the community leader’s sexual assault on her.
Blueprint gathered that the development drew the attention of the gift’s uncle and neigbours who questioned the rationale behind her friend’s “prank”.
According to a witness who simply identified himself as Otamere, “Upon further inquiry, gift opened up that the traditional ruler has been having canal knowledge of her since early 2019.
The State police spokesman, Chidi Nwabuzor, said he was yet to be briefed on the matter.