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Child abuse: Police in Warri accused of bias after man, 39 arrested for defiling 3-year old girl was released in suspicious circumstances

A 39 years old man, Louis Okandeji who allegedly defiled a three-year-old girl (names withheld) in Ogunu Community in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State has been set free by the Warri “A” Division of the Nigerian Police.

The suspect allegedly committed the act on the 31st of May, 2021 and was accosted by youths in the community and dragged to the police division.

It was however gathered that the police later released the suspect after they allegedly took bribe from him.

It was also gathered that the suspect before his release by the police had boasted that there was nothing anyone can do about the matter.

Responding to the incident, the Secretary-General of Delta State Branch of the Committee for the Defence of Human Right (CDHR), Comrade Israel Joe in a statement condemned the alleged act by the suspect.

He also demanded the rearrest and prosecution of the suspect so as to serve as a deterrent to others in the area.

He said, “This is my stand and that of the Warri people because we are fully set to protest this injustice staring at us in the face.

”I called the DPO severally to tell him that we are interested in the matter hence the man should face the law though the suspected rapist is from a very wealthy background.

“He did not pick calls neither did he return the calls which have been the attitude of the DPO CSP Tanko. Y. Mahmud.

“I went to his office on the 2nd of June and the officers told me the DPO T. Y. Mahmud wasn’t around and I have to complain to the Area Commander Warri one on one about the conduct of the DPO “A” Division.

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“I told the Area Commander Warri that same day that we have heard that the police intended to collect bribe and compromise the issue and the Area Commander assured me that he would call him to order.

“The Area Commander is a no-nonsense person and I supposed he must have called the DPO. Just today, we discovered that the man has been released and he was boasting that nobody can do anything about it.

“The poor mother of the girl was pressured into collecting N200, 000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) and was asked to pack out of the house she was, which belongs to the grandfather of the alleged suspected serial rapist.

 

He said, “The question facing us is, should we continue to compromise matters of defilements and rape leaving the victims to face the psychological damage in the future? The Police A Division Warri should be sanctioned and called to order by the police authorities.”

When contacted, the mother of the victim refused to disclose her name as soon as she noticed she was speaking with a Journalist.

She however did not deny the allegations that she was forced to collect the sum of two hundred thousand naira to let the matter die a natural death.

When asked if she knows it was a crime on the side of the law to have allegedly collected money on such matters, she asked,” Where this matter dey go?”

The Acting Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe promised to reply to a WhatsApp message sent to him by Our Correspondent as soon as possible

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