From TONY OSAUZO, Benin
Heads may roll at the Abraka Police Division, following the rape of a female suspect, Mrs. Ese Isaiah in police cell, where she was detained. The woman was arrested and detained in the cell along with men, following a fight she had with a neighbour.
Two men were said to have raped Mrs. Isaiah in turn, even as she reportedly cried for help with the policemen on duty turning deaf ears. Following the incident, the woman’s counsel, Ejomasuvwe Efe petitioned the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 5, Benin, Alhaji Hamisu Argungu, who promptly redeployed the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) of the Abraka Police Station, Chris Sorgbara and John Olise, respectively to his office, pending conclusion of investigation into the incident.
Consequently, no fewer than 11 policemen, including the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) and Abraka Police Station cell guard, who had been in detention were expected to face Orderly Room trial today at the Zone 5 in Benin, in connection with Mrs. Isaiah’s rape.
Already, two men, who allegedly raped her, Enamuotor Akpevwe, 21 and Ugbede Obruche, 20, had been arraigned in an Abraka Magistrate Court, which ordered their remand in prison at Sapele, Delta State. Hearing in the two-count charge case preferred against the two accused persons had been fixed for May 3.