Police officer arrested after allegedly raping Abia Polytechnic student -GCFRNG
A police officer, Corporal Nwachukwu Chinedu, has been arrested after allegedly harassing and raping a student of Abia State Polytechnic, Aba.
State Police spokesman SP Geoffrey Ogbonna told a press conference that the commissioner of police CP Janet Agbede had expressed regret over the incident.
She and her management team visited and listened to the victim in the hospital, the police spokesman said.
After hearing from the victim, a 100-level student of the Department of Science Laboratory Technology, an investigation began leading to the arrest of Cpl. Chinedu.
On Thursday, hundreds of Abiapoly students blocked the traffic along the Aba-Owerri road – one of the busiest motorways in the commercial city – in protest over the incident that reportedly happened at New Heaven Lodge along Nicholas Road in Aba.
The protesters had said that the policeman was an officer of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), a unit of the Nigeria Police Force, Abia State Command.
But SP Ogbonna said on Friday that Cpl. Chinedu was not attached to the Rapid Response Squad Aba (RRS) as alleged by the protesters.
He added: “The Commissioner of Police therefore, appeal to Abia Polytechnic community and the general public to exercise patience and wait for the outcome of Police investigation which is ongoing and would be fast-tracked and made public to ensure justice and actually the law will take its course. “
Following the protest by students, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu had directed the Commissioner of Police Mrs Agbede to investigate allegations.
“Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has directed the police authorities to ensure full investigation and prosecution of officers who are engaged in harassing law-abiding citizens to serve as a deterrent to others,” Commissioner for Information, Chief John Kalu said. “The Governor is actively monitoring the situation with the alleged harassment and rape of the polytechnic students with a view to ensure the protection of all law-abiding citizens.”
The victim in hospital