*POLICE INSPECTOR ARREST AND DETAINED RAPE VICTIM, TWO SUSPECTS AND COLLECTED ‘BAIL FEES’ BEFORE RELEASE:*
A police inspector and the Investigative Police Officer whose name was simply given as Ellis attached to a divisional police headquarters in Auchi of Edo state arrested and detained a rape victim that reported a case of rape to the station on 27th May, 2020.
The two suspects were also arrested and detained alongside the rape victim. The trio were forced to cough out ‘bail fees’ before they could secure their release from custody.
The rape victim paid the sum of N10, 000 to secure her release while the two suspected culprits paid the sum of N30, 000 each for their release.
It was reported that, one of the suspects had jumped bail as at this moment while the IPO had been requested to refund the money collected as ‘bail fee’ and also face disciplinary procedures in line with the Police Act and Regulations. When confronted with the reason the victim was detained, he was dumbfounded. It was reported that, the Divisional Police Officer was on official duty as at the time the IPO performed the unprofessional conduct.
Members of Edo Civil Society Organisations, Auchi Study Centre have been on top of the matter in ensuring that justice is given to the rape victim whose economic disposition is pitiable.
Leftist Osazee Edigin
Public Relations Officer
Edo Civil Society Organisations
No. 1, Sokponba Road, (ACB Building)