EXPOSED: Chief Shedrack Ejinwa, a ruthless HIV pedophile let loosed
About a week ago, a 14-year-old girl was raped by a 67-year-old Chief Shedrack Ejinwa, in Elelewon community, Rivers State, Nigeria.
Chief Shedrack Ejinwa, a former employee of Shell Petroleum company, raped the minor in a hospital facility (Ward 3) called Kendox Medical Services Ltd.
The girl said Chief Ejinwa bought plantain chips from her in her shop at the hospital and asked her to come over to his hospital room (Ward 3) for the money.
“He [Chief Shedrack Ejinwa] came to my shop to buy plantain chips. He now told me to come to his room to collect money. When I got there, he now raped me,” 14 years old victim narrated, in a video obtained by TOWN CRIER, how Chief Shedrack Ejinwa raped her.
Investigating the medical status and record of Chief Ejinwa, TOWN CRIER confirmed that the paedophile is an HIV patient and was placed under medical care in Ward 3 Kendox Medical hospital, at the time of the incident. An examination of Chief Ejinwa’s blood as well as his medical file/record at the Kendox hospital is there for whosoever doubts this confirmation. While forcefully having canal knowledge of the minor, Chief Ejinwa knew he is a carrier of the deadly virus. Yet, unconscionably defiled the victim without concerning her emotional state and the grave risk to her health.
HOW THE MANAGEMENT OF KENDOX AND MRS ANYANWUOCHA (WIFE OF THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR, KENDOX) TEAMED UP WITH CHIEF EJINWA AND SECRETLY ADMINISTER PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS DRUGS ON THE GIRL AND COVER UP THE RAPE CASE
After Chief Shedrack Ejinwa raped the girl, the management of the Kendox Medical Services Ltd., headed by a Medical Director, Mr Kennedy Anyanwuocha, without the knowledge of the girl’s father, secretly opened a file for the girl in the hospital and secretly placed her on HIV prevention Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs and other medication.
According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at very high risk of getting HIV to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The pill (brand name Truvada) contains two medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine) that are used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV.”
As of September 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that people at substantial risk of HIV infection should be offered PrEP as an additional prevention choice, as part of comprehensive prevention.
The wife of the Medical Director, Mrs Anyanwuocha, who doubles as the boss of the girl (she works as a sale’s girl at Mrs Anyanwuocha’s petty trade shop based within the hospital), particularly warned the girl to keep what transpired in the hospital to herself and never to disclose it to anyone. So, for some days, not even the father of the victim knew of the abominal act committed by Chief Ejinwa against his daughter.
HOW THE SECRET FELONY BY CHIEF EJINWA AND THE CONSPIRACY TO COVER UP FELONY BY MRS ANYANWUOCHA AND THE KENDOX MEDICAL SERVICES LIMITED WAS EXPOSED AND REPORTED TO THE NIGERIA POLICE FORCE
A certain Mr Gwamnishu Harrison, a Mandela Washington Fellow, Human Rights Activist and founder of a Non Governmental Organization named Behind Bars Initiative, told TOWN CRIER that he received the information from his Facebook follower and quickly left Asaba for Portharcourt, where he carried out a thorough investigation and reported the case to the Divisional Police Station, Elelewon, Port Harcourt. Chief Shedrack Ejinwa was arrested, as well as the medical director’s wife for compounding felony.
“What I gathered about the man (Chief Shedrack Ejinwa) is that, he is a former employee of the Shell Petroleum company. He seems to have a very strong influence within the community. That was why I insisted that the case be transferred from the divisional police station to the Rivers State Criminal Investigative Department,” Mr Harrison told TOWN CRIER.
Mr Harrison afterwards handed over the prosecution process to one barrister Ibe Ukagba, a lawyer who is equally a member of his NGO, Rivers State Representative, before he returned to Asaba, Delta State, on a different pressing engagement.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CASE UNDER CSP MRS RUFINA UKADIKE AT THE RIVERS STATE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIVE DEPARTMENT?
When a crime as monumental as forcefully having canal knowledge of a minor is concerned, just as every other serious offence against the laws of Nigeria, it is the statutory responsibility of the Nigeria Police Force to arrest, investigate and prosecute the culprit. This is the standard one would have expected from Mrs Rufina Ukadike, a Chief Superintendent of Police and senior officer overseeing the matter.
But on the contrary, right at the State Criminal Investigative Department, Mrs Rufina Ukadike facilitated series of meetings that eventually led to the signing of a ‘settlement agreement’ between Chief Ejinwa and the father of the victim.
In the said ‘settlement agreement’, Chief Ejinwa agreed to pay the sum of N370,000 for the girl’s up keep and also to foot her monthly medical bills till a final medical examination in February 2020.
Justifying the reason for signing the ‘settlement agreement’ and accepting the sum of N370,000 cash rather than demanding the prosecution of the paedophile, the father of the victim, in a video obtained by TOWN CRIER, said:
“When the incident happened, I wanted to take the matter to court. But the family of Chief Shedrack Ejinwa pleaded to me. They assured me that it was a temptation and an accident that will never happen again, and because of the health condition of Chief Shedrack, I decided to accept the plead. Also, because of the kind of work I do, I do not have the time to frequent the police station for a court case. That’s the reason I accepted the plead and forgive Chief Shedrack. Nobody forced me or financial induced me to drop the charges against Chief Shedrack.”
So, that was how, under the supervision of a Chief Superintendent of Police, Mrs Rufina Ukadike, a ruthless rapist, his lawyer; the father of the victim and one barrister Ibe Ukagba (supposedly representing the victim), among six other persons, signed the agreement which paved the way for the release of a monstrous paedophile from police detention.
CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
Speaking on the legality of the signed ‘settlement agreement’, a lawyer who spoke to TOWN CRIER on anonymous ground described the agreement as “unforceable”, “unbinding” and “an agreement to suppress legality and encouraging the perpetrator to do more.” and to him, it is shameful and unbelievable that any lawyer would put his signature to such document.
“Such agreement is unforceable. It is not binding. It is an agreement to suppress legality and the law frowns at matters like that. A girl has been defiled, not even the father is suffering what the girl is suffering and for whatever reason he may have done that (accepted the 370,000 compensation) that’s not a remedy to the crime that has been committed.
The child has been defiled and it’s not only a crime against the child, it’s also a crime against the state. When such agreement is upheld you are simply encouraging the perpetrator to do more. So, it then becomes a case of: violate minors, then pay a token as settlement. That’s not the position of the law. The law must take its course. And that agreement cannot stop it. That agreement does not even worth the piece of paper upon which it is written. This is clearly a criminal case.
A girl has been defiled and once this happens the law must be allowed to take it course. Any other thing they do, like the agreement they just signed is a subversion of the course of justice. That’s the way I see it. Otherwise, it will just be that all the persons that signed the agreement are coming together to cover up a felony. It’s not a simple offence. It’s a felony. It’s a serious one.”
Asking about his views as regards the conducts of the Chief Superintendent of Police, Mrs Rufina Ukadike, who supervised the process of the ‘settlement agreement’, he said:
“Whatever she did, I will say she did it in her individual capacity, not has a police officer because it’s not the duty of the police to broker such agreement. We are talking here about somebody who has been defiled. You cannot tell of the aftermath of that crime. No one can measure the trauma the girl has been condemned to forever live with. It’s just like an armed robber is caught, then the police say: the man you robbed, let us give him this money and we would forget the case. That’s not the duty of the police. I believe it’s a selfish agenda of any police officer who is behind that. What the police must do is to allow the law take its course.”
SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT: COUNTER REACTION TO BARRISTER ANERE’S (CHIEF EJINWA’S LAWYER) DEFENSE
Mr Ejinwa’s lawyer, barrister Anere, told PREMIUM TIMES, Friday evening, that the agreement his client signed with the victim’s father could not be said to be an indictment, even though he said he tried to dissuade him from it.
“This man was in detention a long time and was ready to do anything to come out. If you go to the police, ask for his statement, he didn’t say he did it (raped the girl),” he said.
The lawyer said he signed the agreement “because all the parties accepted the terms in the agreement”.
“I have my personal opinion on this, but whether the man did it or not is between him (his client) and his God,” he said.
However, further speaking to TOWN CRIER, the lawyer who pleaded anonymity objects to the opinion of Chief Ejinwa’s lawyer:
“What I will tell you is that I have very strong reservation for the lawyers who signed that agreement; a very strong reservation because no lawyer worth its sort, would do that. It’s like appending your signature to illegality. Saying he signed not because his client committed that offence is illogical. If his client is innocent, it’s a simple matter, if the police wrap up investigation and they do not have any evidence against him, then let him go scort free.
You don’t say your client is innocent and you signed not because he’s guilty. Why would he want to rob himself into it? Why will he want to pay the money if he’s indeed innocent as his lawyer claims he is? It’s utterly shameful that a lawyer will put his signature into such kind of document. It’s unbelievable as a matter of fact.”