Policeman Rapes Woman In Presence Of Crying Baby


police corporal with the Imo State Command is currently in trouble for raping a
nursing mother, who had gone to the station to seek refuge.
Saturday Sun gathered that Mrs.
Maureen Anyalebechi, from Umukabi  Autonomous Community, in Ngor Okpala
Local Government Area, Imo State, had, on November 10, 2012, gone to Umuguma
Police Station to pass the night, when she could not locate the residence of
her brother in the World Bank area of Owerri West Local Government Area.
Owing to the fact that it was late in
the night, Mrs. Anyalebechi went to the police station with her seven-month-old
baby, where she met Corporal Chigozie Odenigbo and another female police

The victim told Saturday Sun: “When I
discovered that it was late  to continue searching for my brother’s place,
I decided to go to the nearby police station, to beg them to accommodate me for
the night because it was already late.

“As  I went in there with my
baby, I met two police officers, a lady and a young man, and after explaining
my situation, the male officer asked me to follow him to one officer’s house,
where he claimed mosquitoes would not bite my baby and I thanked him and
followed him innocently, but to my greatest surprise, the policeman pounced on
me. He hit me from behind and before I knew what was happening, he snatched my
baby from me and flung him away. He was holding me by the throat to stop me
from shouting for help and started raping me.”
She revealed that after the police
officer had satisfied himself, he helped her to her feet and also picked up her
baby and took her back to the police station.  Mrs.  Anyalebechi
further narrated that when they came back to the police station, the female
officer was alarmed when she saw that her clothes were torn and asked Corporal
Odenigbo to explain what happened to her. The corporal, she said, denied ever
doing anything to her.
Mrs. Anyalebechi said that she had to
report the matter to the Divisional Police Officer, when he arrived for duty in
the morning, who promptly ordered the arrest and detention of Corporal
Odenigbo. She told Saturday Sun that to her surprise, the policeman was
released. Sensing that the police wanted to cover up the crime, she had to
contact a lawyer, who took her to the Imo State Police Commissioner, Bolanta
Adisa, last Friday, who summoned the DPO of Umuguma Police Station.
Saturday Sun learnt that upon the
confirmation of the rape assault on the nursing mother, CP Bolanta ordered the
arrest of Corporal Odenigbo, promising that thorough investigation would be
carried out.
He said that if found culpable, the
policeman will be prosecuted and dismissed from the Force.
Meanwhile,  the police spokesman,
Mr. Vitalis Onugu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said that Corporal
Odenigbo will face administrative  trial.
Saturday Sun also learnt that Corporal
Odenigbo was alleged to have  sexually assaulted  a female
officer  some months back.


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