The Benin Zonal Command of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) says it has arrested a pastor and two others for allegedly raping and impregnating a 12-year-old orphan.
Mr Nduka Nwanwenne, NAPTIP’s Zonal Commander who disclosed this in Benin on Monday, said the pastor was of a popular church in Uromi, Esan North East council area.
Nwanwenne said the pastor, 30, a herbalist, 59, and another man, 30, were arrested by operatives of the zonal command for alleged repeated sexual abuse of the 12-year-old orphan.
He alleged that the three suspects, at different times, engaged in continuous sexual molestation, rape and defilement of the girl who is now five months pregnant.
The zonal commander said that the pregnant girl had been taken into NAPTIP’s custody, adding that the act started when the girl was eight years old.
Nwanwenne disclosed that the pastor had invited her to his house to help wash dishes with the approval of the victim’s mother who was alive at the time and a member of the church.
He noted that the pastor took advantage of his wife’s absence to rape the victim.
He further explained that the victim was later taken away to stay with the second suspect, a native doctor, who was a guardian to her.
The zonal commander alleged that the guardian repeatedly raped the victim in his bedroom and added that the herbalist blamed his act on frustration and drunkenness.
According to him, the victim was later rescued by her aunt who enrolled her in a school.
“The third suspect, a farmer who usually perform odd jobs in a restaurant owned by the victim’s uncle, molested and raped her.
“One similarity among the three suspects is that they all admitted to the crime. However, the victim claimed that it was the last suspect that impregnated her.
“All the suspects are in NAPTIP’s custody while investigation is being concluded for their arraignment,” he said.
#JusticeForUwa: Police arrest one suspect (Video)
One of the suspects linked to the rape and murder of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa has been arrested by police officers attached to the Edo state police command.
WuzupNigeria earlier reported that the 22-year-old 100-level student of the University of Benin, Edo State was raped and killed while reading in a church in Benin city.
Spokesman of Edo police command, Chidi Nwabuzor confirmed the arrest while speaking to newsmen. He said the suspect was arrested after the deceased was rushed to the hospital and the fingerprint on the fire extinguisher she was attacked with was examined.
Nwabuzor said the suspect was apprehended after the Area Commander of Ikpoba Hill mobilized his men to take action.
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Man, who hacked policeman to death in Minna, arrested three years after crime
Three years after allegedly participating in the brutal murder of the Divisional Crime Officer, Kpakungu Police Division, DSP Aaron Sunday, a suspect had landed in police net.
WuzupNigeria gathered that Musa Usman, aka Musa Kaura, of the Maitumbi area, Minna, was trailed and arrested by detectives attached to the Maitumbi Division following a tip-off.
It was learnt that the suspect was one of the hoodlums, who hacked the DCO to death on March 3, 2017, and fled to Kaduna State.
It was gathered that the gang had been terrorising residents of Minna before killing the police officer.
Usman told our correspondent that he never knew that police operatives were still trailing him after three years of participating in Sunday’s killing.
“I never knew that the police would get at me; I thought they had forgotten about the case, not knowing that my cup would be full one day and I would be arrested after three years.
“I have learnt my lesson in a hard way and I advice young men to always stay out of trouble and be useful to themselves, because living rough will not help anybody; rather, it will ruin your life forever.”
The command’s spokesman, Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the arrest, saying Usman was one of those who murdered the DCO three years ago.
“There is no hiding place for evildoers; the hoodlum (Usman) never knew that one day, the police would arrest him for the offence he committed years back. This will serve as a deterrent to others, who may think that they will get away with evil,” Abiodun said.
IG’s forensic team in Edo to investigate UNIBEN student’s death
A student of University of Benin (UNIBEN), Vera Uwaila Omosuwa, has been raped and murdered in cold blood but the tragic incident seems unending as it continues to generate anger and strong condemnation across the country.
The 22-year-old was gang-raped last week at a Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) auditorium in Benin, the Edo State capital and later died from a head injury in hospital.
Reacting to the sad development, a team of forensic investigators has been deployed by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to the state to unravel the death.
According to report, the deceased, Omosuwa, a first-year student had gone to read in the church when she was attacked by her assailants who reportedly forced their way into the church, raped and struck Omosuwa in the head with a fire extinguisher.
Force spokesman DCP Frank Mba, on Monday, said in a statement the police chief promised that the perpetrators would be arrested and brought to book.
“As part of deliberate and concerted efforts by the Nigeria Police High Command to unravel the circumstances surrounding the brutal attack and unfortunate death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omosuwa in Benin, the Inspector-General of Police has deployed additional investigation aids and forensic support to Edo State Police Command to complement and expedite action in the ongoing investigations into the unfortunate incident.
“The IGP, while condemning the attack, commiserates with the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased. He calls for calm and assures that the Force will surely bring the perpetrators of the callous act to book in the shortest possible time,” the statement read.
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