By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
Suspected armed robbers are reported to have raped a 19-year-old girl, simply identified as Diva, in Otokutu community in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, AUTHENTIC News Daily can report.
The incident was said to have occurred at about 1am on Sunday September 30.
The suspects allegedly burgled into a one-room apartment with four occupants (three girls and a boy) in the community, dispossed them of their android phones, and carted away a television set, clothes and other valuables.
It was learnt that three of the suspects were however caught with the stolen television in a bush by residents of the community and were handed over to the Vigilante on Monday.
The suspects quickly denied the allegations claiming to be workers of block industry.
They said, they saw TV in the bush insisting that the armed robbers may have dumped the television there.
The Assistant Secretary of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights,CDHR, Comrade Israel Joe confirmed the report to Our Correspondent claiming that the Otokutu Community Vigilante is collaborating with the suspects.
According to Joe, “The Vigilante say they have resolved the matter that they’re still investigating.
“Vigilante is not supposed to resolve fundamental matters like this. They should hand over the three suspects to the Police.
” We have incidented the matter in the Otu-Jeremi Police Station. The girl(victim) went with us to the Police Station. The three suspects are in the custody of the Police.
“The Divisional Crime Officer, DCO say they are still investigating the matter. We want justice in this matter. The Vigilante and the Police should not try to cover up this matter.”
Contacted, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Muhammad Mustafa said he cannot confirm the report stressing that he is not aware of the matter.
CP Mustafa therefore requested Our Correspondent to speak with the Police image maker for confirmation.
The acting Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Aniamaka is yet to confirm the report just as he requested our correspondent to send him a text message saying, “Am in a meeting.”