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Drama As Rivers Man Arrests 17 Year-Old Girl for Refusing Sexual Advances

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A man only identified as James has allegedly arrested a 17-year-old girl in Rumuokwuta Obio’Akpor, Rivers State for refusing his sexual advances after repeatedly giving her money.

The trouble began when the man was said to have brought police officers from Kala Police Division to arrest the girl at Best Man Estate in Rumuokuta.

Speaking to reporters in Port Harcourt, the adolescent identified as Miss Faith said she usually does pedicures for the man and that he usually asks her to keep the change after paying for the services rendered.

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“James came to arrest me in my shop today,” she explained. I’ve been cleaning his nails, and every time he visits my shop, I clean his nails, and he tells me to keep the change.

“He gave me money from time to time and never told me why, until one day when he finally told me to follow him to a hotel, which I refused.” I told him I couldn’t accompany him to a hotel because he was married. He had been urging me to sleep with him ever since, but I had refused.

“He then decided to send cops to my store today to arrest me.” They took me to the station and asked me to write a statement about what happened, which I did.”

When approached by journalists, James simply stated that the DPO had intervened in the matter.

SP Grace Koko, spokesperson for the Rivers State Police Command, disclosed that the girl had left with her parents after the DPO listened to both parties and warned the man to stop harassing the girl because of her age.

Meanwhile, the Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign said it received a distress call about the development from residents of the estate.

Prince Wiro, the group’s National Coordinator, told reporters that he spoke on the phone with the minor and some of the residents who insisted on accompanying the girl to the police station on the grounds that the complainant may have misled the police.

Wiro stated that when he arrived at the Kala Police Station, after hearing from both parties, the girl was asked to accompany her parents, while the man was warned to stop harassing the girl.

“Normally, we would have pressed charges against the man for enticing and luring a minor,” he said, “but the girl’s parents had a different opinion.” As a result, we cannot cry more than the bereaved. People should not obstruct the police in carrying out their legitimate duties, in my opinion.

“Most complainants misinform the police, and only after hearing from both parties can the police make an informed decision.”

“I also advise our young girls to be cautious of the men from whom they accept money.” Some men will even arrange for people to rape women they believe have collected their money, especially if they do not get what they want from the women.”

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