The men were apprehended at the Iwhrekpokpor area of the Ughelli metropolis at about 3 a.m. by members of the vigilance team after they were given a tip-off by a street guard.
Briefing newsmen on the incident, leader of the vigilance team, Mr. Monday Owhesiri, said one of the suspects had invited the prostitute from a brothel at Emosivwe Street to his house at Iwhrekpokpor to sleep with him on agreed fee only for him to rape the prostitute alongside five other friends after threatening to attack her with broken bottles.
According to him, the prostitute later escaped naked and ran into the street guard who offered her clothes. He said the vigilance team immediately swung into action after they were alerted by the street guard.
“When we got to the place, we arrested one of the men in the house and two others who had found their way out of crime scene through a hole they had burst in the ceiling while the other three escaped,”Owhesiri stated.
Saying that two of those arrested were brothers, he said: “When we entered the ceiling, we found a wooden item carved into the shape of a gun and they said it was carved by one of them who is a carpenter”. Owhesiri said those arrested had been handed over to the police in the Ughelli ‘A’ Division.
The Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of the Ughelli ‘A’ Division could not be reached for comments on the matter.