Ebonyi State Police Command Monday arrested one of its officers Ndubuisi Ewerem for allegedly defiling a 7 year old girl, Chiamaka Nwankwo.
The Police officer who has been detained at the Central Police Station, (CPS) Abaakaliki allegedly defiled the little girl and daughter of his neighbour at his residence at No. 29 off Nibo street.
The Nation learnt that the suspect lured the victim by telling her to buy Onion for him and as soon as the girl came into his apartment to deliver the said item, he used the opportunity to defile her.
While residents within the neighborhood alleged that the victim was raped by the policeman others accused the suspect of being in the practice of sexually abusing teenagers.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Peace Ibekwe Abdallah confirmed the ugly episode but said investigation is still ongoing.
She insisted that whether the victim was raped or fingered, the act allegedly perpetuated by the policeman was a crime punishable under the law.
She stressed that the suspect would be punished if found guilty of the crime.
The command, she maintained, was committed to sanitizing the force and promised that acts contrary to the laws guiding the constitution of the Nigerian police were decisively dealt with.
She said: “The case was reported to the Central Police Station, CPS Monday by the parent of the victim and going by the statement of the victim, she was fingered by the policeman. We don’t tolerate such act in the Nigerian police force. Whether rape or not, any act of defilement is a very serious crime which must be dealt with. The suspect is under detention.”
According to the Commissioner of Police, the result of the medical test conducted on the victim would ascertain whether she was raped or not as investigation into the case was still on.