Mother of defiled minor accuses police of shielding the suspect from prosecution.
Amaechi Okonkwo, Port Harcourt.
Amaka Ifediba, a mother whose four-year-old daughter was allegedly defiled by a male neighbour in Port Harcourt, has accused the police in Rivers State of compromise and shielding the suspect from prosecution.
She accused the Investigation Police Officer (IPO) a female Inspector identified as Mrs. Otobong at the State Criminal and Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCID) was trying of assisting the suspect to evade justice.
The woman who wept profusely while speaking to our correspondent in Port Harcourt on Wednesday said the suspect was initially arrested by the Elekahia Police Division on 26th December 2020 and transferred to the SCID on 4th February, 2021.
Ifediba expressed shock that instead of charging the matter to the Court, the police released the suspect.
“A police woman inspector, her name is Mrs. Otobong at State CID. I told her that I want this matter to go to court. She said the suspect has been released that I should find a way to go and arrest him. I don’t need any compromise in this matter.
“Even if the whole money in the world is giving to me, all I am asking is justice for what happened to my little daughter. She is just four years old. I want that boy, Uche (suspect) to be rearrested and charged to court. I am begging the new Commissioner of Police to help me tell the State CID to arrest this boy and take him to court,” she pleaded.
She also said the family of the suspect were boasting to her that they have killed the case at the SCID and that there was nothing she could do.
“They are there morning, afternoon, night in the compound boasting that nothing will happen. I am seeing something fishy,” the sobbing woman added.
She called on the new Commissioner of Police in Rivers, Eboka Friday to intervene.
Meanwhile, a member of the International Federation of Woman Lawyers (FIDA), Esther Korienta expressed disappointment over the handling of the matter by the female officer.
“We put a call across to the IPO in-charge of the matter at SCID. We were informed the incident happened in December and the suspect was arrested. But unfortunately, the suspect was released.
“Since that December till date, he has not been rearrested. We have put several calls across to them, demanding for the suspect’s rearrest but they (police) keep posting us. We are not happy the way the matter is going.
“This is a child that has been defiled and needs justice. This is a child that looks up to the society to fight for her right, “Korienta stated.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer PPRO of the Command, Nnamdi Omoni said he was aware of the incident, but was yet to get the detail.
“I have asked the woman to come to us. When she comes we will investigate her claims from there, Omoni assured?