A police officer named Salihu Kazeem is accused of raping a 17-year-old girl and her companion at his home in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and photographing them in their undies.
The victim described her incident to Punch, claiming that Kazeem had stripped them naked, taken a nude film of them, and then raped them after accusing them of stealing 500,000 naira from his account using his ATM.
After she reported the incident to the Rumokpakani Police Station, the youngster also claimed that Kazeem had been following her.
The victim claims that during some time in March 2022, she was looking for a job when a friend introduced her to the policeman.
“He accused us of stealing when we returned his Automated Teller Machine card which he gave us to get something to eat after a friend introduced us to him. He claimed that he received many debit alerts and when we asked for the amount, he said N500, 000,” she narrated
“He discharged my friend and kept me and the girl that went to buy food in his house. He called his boys and told them that we were thieves
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“He asked us to take off our dresses and filmed us as we were naked. He said if we don’t cooperate with him, he would spread our nude videos. He took us to a room and slept with us till the next morning.”
While rejecting the incident, Kazeem responded by referring to the victims as “hook-up chicks” and saying that they had given their agreement to the sexual act.
However, he said that following one of the hookups, the girls made several withdrawals using his ATM card.
“When they came to my house, I gave one of them my ATM to buy food. They left with the ATM card and I didn’t see them till 11pm. None of them called to tell me anything. The only thing I was receiving was debit alerts. I tried to reach one of them that her friends connected me to for hook-up. She told me she gave my ATM card to another lady and said I should not be offended.”
Festus Bomwin, an attorney with the Center for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign, confirmed the occurrence and encouraged the state’s police command to look into it in an effort to bring the victims justice.
“We call on the Police Authority in Rivers State to order a thorough and unbiased investigation into the incident and if anyone is found culpable, the law should take it course.” he said.
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, said the state Commissioner of Police, CP Friday Eboka, had invited the both parties.
“So, we are expecting them at the command today. I am sure after hearing from them, the discreet investigation will begin and the outcome will be made known to the public. Whoever is found culpable will face the law.” the PPRO added.