Rivers: Police arrested an undergraduate of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) who allegedly raped and killed an eight-year-old girl in Rivers State.
He was apprehended by security operatives on Saturday morning on his way to dispose the remains of the girl.
The suspect who confessed to the crime was paraded alongside three suspected armed robbers and car snatchers at the Police Headquarters in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Nnamdi Omoni, asked parents to monitor the movements of their children and be wary of those they allow to have access to them.
Omoni said, “What we are witnessing here today is another achievement of the command in the past two days. Chief among them is what is breaking news; a student of University of Port Harcourt lured an eight-year-old girl, raped her to death and cut off her eyes, tongue, genital organ, her breast, and other parts.”
“On his way to dump the body somewhere around 1:00 AM (on Saturday), some members of a vigilante group accosted him and asked him where he was going with a sack on his shoulder and he told them he was on his way to throw dirt away but on opening the bag, the suspect fled.”
The police officer also said, “He was eventually caught and handed over to the police who swung into action, arrested the young man and recovered the items used by the suspect to store the body parts.”
He told reporters that the police have commenced an investigation to unmask the cartel behind the act and related crimes in the state.
The father of the girl who was part of the search and rescue team since his daughter disappeared on Friday identified the suspect as his cousin.
He said, “I was about to leave the house for work when my daughter told me that there was no bread for tea, so I bought the bread and gave it to her then left for work.
“When I returned, I freshened up to go to where my wife works only for me to get there to be told that they are looking for my daughter. My wife and I searched and searched, we went to the places she usually goes to including the Anglican Church but could not find her.
“We could not sleep and later at about 1:10 AM, a man and a woman came to me shouting, ‘you are looking for your daughter, we have found her body’. When I got there with the police, I saw the sack and as I looked closely I saw my daughter dead. I also saw the young man and I shouted, ‘Ifeanyi you have killed my daughter and used her for ritual’, it is a horrible experience.”