The Police Inspector attached to Mkpat Enin Police Division, Akwa Ibom State, who reportedly defiled a 15-year girl at gunpoint, has sent pastors and other police officers to the victim’s family to plead for forgiveness..
The victim’s uncle, Dr. Ime Stephen, who made the visit known to newsmen, said he was surprised to see the clerics in his home who came to plead on behalf of the Police Inspector.
He said that the pastors, who described themselves as senior apostles, begged him to forgive the inspector, saying the rape case was a big shame not only to the personality of the inspector, but also to the image of the Nigeria Police Force.
Stephen said he reminded them he was not the rape victim, while adding that if the clerics and the police officers had come to see him as the guardian of the victim, he did not have any right to stop them from such visit.
According to him, the case was reported to the DPO and the family had expected the DPO to come personally and see the victim and apologise to the family given the seriousness of the alleged crime.
“We sent a message across to the DPO as the head of that division, telling him what had happened, and as the head of that division, we had expected him to have come and apologise, or at least see the victim’s family and the victim, show some love and respect to the family because of what had happened in his jurisdiction.
“This is a very serious thing – police inspector raping a 15-year-old girl at gunpoint.
This is more than robbery. He did not only rape the girl, but he also ‘kidnapped’ her for three days, and collected a ransom of N10,000 as bail. What a shame!”
Stephen said the girl, apart from undergoing treatment in a hospital, also needs to be rehabilitated and undergo therapy.
Meanwhile, the victim, a Senior Secondary School 1 student, said she would never forgive the police officer for what he did to her, adding that she was still shocked by the wickedness of the police inspector.
“It was a harrowing experience. There is nothing on earth that would make me forgive the inspector,” she said.
The Akwa Ibom State Police Public Relations Officer, Cordelia Nwawe, has declined the disclosure of the identity of the police inspector alleged to have committed the crime.
She said, “I would not like to give you the name of the police officer, but we are committed to duty at the headquarters through our Commissioner of Police, Mr. Murtala Mani. He has waded into the matter.
“Investigation is ongoing and I’m sure the policeman alleged to have raped the 15-year-old girl is in custody. When the investigation becomes very conclusive, we will get back to the press, hopefully by next week.”
The Police Inspector allegedly committed the crime last Thursday when he, according to the victim, accosted her and had carnal knowledge of her at gunpoint and then place her on detention at the police station. She was thereby bailed by her uncle after paying N10,000.