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Police arrest 20-yr-old man over alleged rape of minor in Bayelsa

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BAYELSA, Nigeria – A 20-year-old man identified as Benjamin Wariebi, has been arrested by operatives of the ‘A’ Division of the Bayelsa State Police Command, over the alleged rape of an 11-year-old minor in Bebelebiri II community of Yenagoa, the state capital.

OgeneAfrican learnt that the incident, which occurred on Saturday at about 8pm, threw the community youths and elders into shock as the defiled girl was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre for multiple stitches to her virginal.

The victim, names withheld, recounted that the arrested pedophile sent her on an errand, “and asked me to go and buy N50 groundnut for him. And when I brought the groundnut, he dragged me inside his room, clamped his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming.

“After he finished, I was crying and bleeding with lots of pains. Some youths saw me and asked me a question. He wanted to run but was apprehended.”

The mother of the child said that “there were attempts by some persons to stop the prosecution of the violator of my child with money, and I am not interested. All I need is justice. He must be made to pay for this gross damage against my child. ”

According to the Chairperson of the Do Foundation, an advocacy group against Rape and violence against the girl child, Barr. Dise Ogbise-Erhisere, the concern over the rising cases of rape in the state is quite disturbing.

She said, “I am short of words. The girl has been stitched up and in pain. She’s responding to treatment though.

“The perpetrator is in police custody. This is a clear case of defilement and I will urge the team of policemen to quickly tidy up their investigation and send the file to DPP for legal advice and possible immediate prosecution of the perpetrator”.

The Spokesperson of the Bayelsa Police Command, Asinim Butswat, has been arrested and detained, “investigation is ongoing.”

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