A Nigerian higher institution graduate currently observing her NYSC programme in the South-South area of the country has been s*xually abused.
The Cross River State Police Command on Sunday confirmed the arrest of one Michael Edet who r*ped a serving corps member (name withheld) after breaking in to her residence in Ekpri-Obutong in the Bakassi Municipality Area of Cross River State.
Southern City News learnt that the incident happened on Friday at about 11pm at Block A6, Obutong Estate in Ekpri-Obutong when the residents were fast asleep.
Among the victim’s neighbours, who craved anonymity, said the suspect broke in to the house of the corps member at about 11pm on Friday and allegedly raped her before carting away her valuables, including phones and cash.
She said, “As you can see, these houses don’t have burglar-proof bars. It really is just the glass and anyone can enter anytime. We reside in a very dangerous environment and we have been facing serious security challenges in this estate.
“This isn’t the first time they are r*ping ladies in this place. It is quite unfortunate that time, it is a visitor (corps member) that was the victim.
“We learnt that she had been moved to Calabar because these days, she is still in shock. But we’re also happy that the authorities did an excellent job by apprehending at fault. We think that justice will be served. ”
Also, another corps member, who did not want his name mentioned, told Southern City News that his colleague recognised the suspect because he stayed for near 30 minutes in her house.
“She told us that she recognised the suspect’s voice and the shoes he wore, but she actually is still in shock in what happened to her. She was glad he has been arrested, ” he said.
A police source said the suspect went into hiding after recognising that he previously been recognised, adding that he was eventually apprehended at Akpabuyo.
The police said the suspect was a favorite petroleum dealer in the region with a wife who recently put to bed.
When contacted, the Police Pr Officer, Irene Ugbo, confirmed the incident, adding that the suspect had been arrested and had been in law enforcement custody.
She said, “It is true. We’ve arrested the suspect and he has been identified by his victim whilst the person who broke into his house that fateful night. ”
Also, the PRO in charge of the state NYSC, Abdullahi Yuguda, said, “We applaud the role played by security agencies in Bakassi, which led to the arrest of the culprit. The NYSC won’t relent until justice is performed. ”