By Chuka Callys Mbamaluh.
Rivers State Police Command is currently investigating a case of illegal arrest and rape involving one of its Officers.
This development is sequel to a complaint by a female commutter who was traveling from Bori in Khana Local Government Area to Port-Harcourt but was arrested by Officers at a checkpoint at Saakpenwaa in Tai Local Goverment Area on Tuesday.
The lady,a mother of two who craved annonimity,accused a Police Officer identified as Peter Ebah, attached to Saakpenwaa Police Division in the Tai Local Government Area of detaining and raping her in a Guest House after she was arrested for not wearing a face mask.
The victim who is also a widow narrated how she was forced to alight from a bus she was traveling in at about 6.30pm on Tuesday.
She said the Police Officer allegedly detained her at the checkpoint for several hours before putting her in the Police truck and drove around under the pretext of taking her to the Police Station.
She said she was suprised when they ended ended up at a Guest House where he allegedly threatened to cooperate or face dire consequences.
Her words: “After driving for a while, they took me to a Guest House, where one of them, Inspector Peter Ebah, from Sakpenwa Police Station, raped and threatened to kill me if I misbehaved and held me there till Wednesday morning.”
“In the morning, he asked me to give him my account number so that he would transfer N2,000 into it. I played along and gave him the account number because I didn’t know what he would do to me if I had refused.”
When contacted, the image maker of the State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, a Suprintedent of Police (SP) said the Command was investigating the matter and would spare no effort at unmasking the said Police Officer.
He said the State Commissioner of Police, Compol Joseph Mukan who had on assumption of duty, warned Officers and Men of the Command to be professional in the discharge of their duties, would ensure that justice is served in the matter.
“The woman has made her statement. We appeal for calm, to allow the law take its full course”, he said.