A 32-year-old widow has narrated how a Police officer raped her after arresting her for not wearing a nose mask.
It is no news that the use of nose mask has been made mandatory due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the Rivers State Governor, penalizing defaulters.
While narrating her ordeal she said;
“I was returning from Bori to Port Harcourt when I met some police officers at a checkpoint. They arrested me for not wearing a 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 Peter Iba of Sakpenwa Police Station.
The widow who with the help of Human rights defender, Prince Wiro, has charged the Police Command in Rivers State to investigate and prosecute the police officer attached to the Sakpenwa Police Division, Tai Local Government Area, who raped her for not adhering to the rule of mandatory use of nose mask.
The Human Rights Defender, Prince Wiro wrote;
Open immediate investigation into the alleged rape of this woman by a serving officer.
“There is no justification for the punishment of rape to be meted out to a woman because she flouted Rivers State Government order on the use of nose masks. I expect the police to take this matter seriously.
It was also revealed that the victim had put out an SOS text message on Whatsapp where she told someone;
“I have been taken to a guess 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.
According to Nnamdi Omoni, the Police Public Relations Officer, Rivers Command, the lady was invited and investigations had begun.