A Port-Harcourt based human rights crusader, Prince Wiro has called out a serving police officer in the city for allegedly raping a 32-year old widow through the night after she was apprehended for not wearing a face mask in the public.
The 32 year old widow was quoted as saying that she was abducted on her way from Bori to Port-Harcourt and taken to a Guest House where she was reportedly raped through the night by the policeman.
“I was returning from Bori to Port Harcourt when I met some police officers at a checkpoint. They arrested me for not wearing nose mask. They kept me long there with them.
“Thereafter they carried me from one place to the other, claiming they want to take me to the police station, but never took me to any police station.
“After some time, they took me to a guest house where one of them raped me till dawn. His name is Inspector —-of Sakpenwa Police Station.”
While she was with them she had sent sms messages to some WhatsApp groups where she lamented her predicament saying:
“I have been taken to a guest house just because of N100 face mask.
“I can’t believe this is happening to me. He wants to sleep with me. I am dying. He wouldn’t let me pick any call. He threatened to seize my phone.”
Responding to the claim, Wiro urged the police to serve justice on the affected police officers.
“There is no justification for a punishment of rape to be meted out to a woman because she flouted Rivers State Government order on use of nose masks. I expect the police to take this matter serious.
“You know there’s a recent order from the Inspector General of Police charging every Command to do everything possible to make rape a thing of the past in the society.”