AN attempt by the family of a 55-year-old man at Ntiribuoho in the Afigya Kwabre District of the Ashanti Region to cover up a case in which he is alleged to have impregnated his 10-year-old daughter has backfired.
This was after officials of the Department of Women and Children of the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs in Kumasi got wind of the matter and made a report to the Ashanti Regional Office of the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service.
Consequently, DOVVSU has launched investigations into the case, after the Primary Four girl had given a statement to the police.
The man, whose name was given only as Gyebi, a mason in the town, is yet to be arrested, as he is said to have escaped to an unknown destination after the story about the pregnancy broke out in the area.
The Ashanti Regional DOVVSU Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) George Appiah-Sakyi, told the Daily Graphic yesterday that officials of the Department of Women and Children in Kumasi brought the girl to his outfit to lodge the compliant against the man.
Reliable sources in the town told the Daily Graphic that the girl was three months’ pregnant.
However, DSP Appiah-Sakyi said the unit was awaiting a medical report to confirm or deny the pregnancy.
The girl alleged that his father persistently had sex with her in his room when they were alone in the house.
According to her, anytime he made attempts to shout in opposition to his father’s escapades, he covered her mouth and tied her hands before forcibly penetrating her.
The girl, whose mother has divorced the man, had been living with his father and her stepmother at Ntiribuoho.
According to her, since September last year the man had had sex with her on countless occasions when they were alone in the house.
The Chairman of the School Management Committee (SMC) of the Ntiribuoho Primary School, Mr Adu Poku, also told the Daily Graphic that he was prompted by the girl's class teacher about the girl’s unusual behaviour in class.
He said when the girl revealed her ordeal to him, he sent her to the police station at Kodie to lodge a compliant, after which the Kodie Police directed him to send the case to the DOVVSU in Kumasi.
The Kodie Police confirmed that a case had been lodged by Mr Adu Poku and that after taking extracts from him, they gave him a form to report to the DOVVSU in Kumasi for further action.
The Afigya Kwabre District Chief Executive, Mr Kaakyire Oppong Kyekyeku, who said the case had been brought to his notice by the Department of Women and Children, quoted officials of the department as saying that they had information on the girl from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital where Mr Adu Poku had sent her for further medical examination.