A twenty year old married woman Believe(surnamewitheld) who hails from Akwa/Ibom allegedly raped by one Ogechi Uchendu at Mgbuitanwo in Emohua Local Government area of Rivers State has called for justice.
Mrs Believe, in an interview with our reporter said the husband’s friend Ogechi Uchendu who is a native of the community came to their house in the night on 13th January,2020 and asked her to give him knife to cut plantain after he has enquired from her and found out that her husband and her brother was not at home.
According to Mrs Believe, the suspect called her attention minutes later and asked her to open the door and take plantain she will give to her husband when he comes back.
Mrs Believe stated she opened the door and took the plantain to the kitchen and while she was coming back the husband’s friend held her and told her to comply or he will kill her.
She said despite the plea the man dragged her and allegedly raped at on the bare floor at the corridor.
The Youth President of the community Chinedu Jreremiah said the suspect was arrested by the youth two days after the alleged rape survivor made complaints to him and he was immediately handed over to the Rumuji Divisional Police headquarters in Emohua LGA.
Mr Jeremiah said is also a taboo for a man to have sex with a woman on bare floor in Mgbuitanwo whether they are couple or not not.
The Youth President described the alleged rape of the woman on the floor as not only a crime but a sacrilege in the community.
He said the suspect was handed over to the Police because the Youth under his leadership does not condole criminality irrespective of ethnicity.
Meanwhile a human rights advocate,Prince Wiro who is also the Secretary of Board of Trustee Centre For Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign has called for a comprehensive investigation into the incident to determine the level of culpability of the suspect for possible prosecution.
As at the time of filing this report, Ogechi Uchendu 43 years of age is being detained at Rumuji Divisional Police headquarters.
SP Nnamdi Omoni spokesperson for the Rivers State Police command confirmed arrest of the suspect while adding he is in their custody and Investigation is ongoing.