The case of alleged rape of a 32-year-old widow who was raped by a policeman has been transferred by the Commissioner of Police (CP) Rivers state, Joseph Mukan to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).
Recall that a 32-year-old widow (name withheld) alleged that policemen attached to the Sakpenwa Police Division, Tai Local Government Area, arrested her on Tuesday, July 28, for not wearing a face mask.
According to the widow, they took her to a guest house where one of them named Inspector Peter Iba raped her all night ‘at gunpoint’.
Reacting to the incident, the police disclosed that the Police commissioner, Mukan on Thursday opened investigations into the matter with summon on the four-man police team and the victim, transferring the case file to the SCID after hearing from both parties.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Nnamdi Omoni stated that “The CP ordered the matter investigated. She (victim) made her statement yesterday (Wednesday) and today (Thursday) we were at Tai Police Station.
Unfortunately, the men that had encounter with the lady are not from Tai Police Station as she insinuated. They were rather from Mobile Police Base 56 at Bori.
“Today all the parties were here. After hearing from them, the matter is being investigated. CP has directed transfer of case file to SCID for further investigations at the end of which the report will be made public.
“They (suspects) made a lot of denials and confessions, but the investigations will reveal what happened. Witnesses will be involved, scene of crime visited and other things to follow in the course of investigations.”
He said the “accused officers were with the Rivers Police Command. Definitely they will be invited to the SCID and we will keep the public informed”.