A dealer in petroleum products in Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River State has been arrested by operatives of the state Police Command for allegedly breaking into the apartment of a National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, member (names withheld) and raping her.
According to Ike Uchechukwu of Vanguard the incident happened at Obutong Estate, Ekpri Obutong, in the council. Rape According to a neighbour of the victim, who pleaded anonymity, the suspect broke into the house of the NYSC member at 11p.m. on Friday, raped her, and stole her phones, cash and other valuables. According to the source, “as you can see, this house does not have burglary proof. It is just the glass and anyone can enter our house at anytime. We live in a very dangerous environment and we have been facing serious security challenges in this estate.
“This is not the first time they are raping women in this place. But it is quite unfortunate that at this time, it is a visitor (NYSC member) that was the victim. “We learned that she has been moved to Calabar because as we speak, she is still in shock. But we are also happy that the Police did a good job by apprehending the culprit. We believe justice will be served.” How she recognised her attacker Another NYSC member, who did not want to be named, said the victim recognised her attacker because he stayed for close to 30 minutes in her apartment. The NYSC member said: “She told us that she recognised the suspect’s voice and shoes. Although she is still in shock, she is glad he has been arrested.”
A Police source revealed that the suspect, who knew that he had been recognised, took refuge at Akpabuyo, where he was arrested. The source added that the suspect is a popular petroleum dealer in the area with a wife, who recently gave birth. Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Irene Ugbo, confirmed the incident. He said: “It is true; we have arrested the suspect, and he has been identified by his victim as the person who broke into her house that fateful night.”
When contacted, the PRO, Cross River NYSC, Mallam Abdulahi Yuguda, said the NYSC member was aware of the challenges facing corps members and that the secretariat was in touch with the local government inspector for Bakassi and the Head of LG Administration on the matter. He said: “We applaud the role played by security agencies in Bakassi, which led to the arrest of the culprit. The NYSC will not relent until justice is done.”