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Rivers Alleged Rape Widow: NBA, CSOs Visit DCP State CID

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The Chairman of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Port Harcourt branch, Prince Nyekwere Esq has charged the Police to ensure justice for the 23 year old widow allegedly raped by a Police Inspector in Rivers.

The NBA Chairman who spoke to Journalists after he led executives of the group, Civil Society Organisations, Journalists to the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP)  in charge of State Criminal Investigation Department(SCID), DCP Ahmed Kantagora disclosed that he received assurance from the DCP that investigation is on going and any officer found culpable will be dealt with in accordance to the law. 

Nyekwere revealed that the DCP directed the OC Legal to take him to the cell where, he saw the Police Inspector and two other officers accused of conspiracy and rape of the widow and can confirm as at Wednesday August 19th, 2020, that the accused officers are in detention .

Mr. Nyekwere noted that NBA and other interest groups want the matter to be properly investigated and those found culpable should be charged to court. 

The NBA Chairman called  on groups and all men of good will to join in the fight against Sexual and Gender Based Violence to ensure it is reduced to the bearest minimum. 

Earlier the Deputy Commissioner incharge of SCID, DCP Kantagora expressed delight in the visit by the group. 
DCP Kantagora noted that the command and SCID under his watch will ensure respect for human rights and would not spare erring officers. 

DCP Kantagora revealed that the orderly room trial of the accused officers will commence soon. He further stressed the need for collaboration with the groups in areas of training, conferences, seminars.

Our correspondent reports that Journalists, Human Rights Advocates Prince Wiro, Barrister Higher King Esq, senior Police officers, Lawyers from Police legal department, other executives of NBA Port Harcourt branch which include Antonia Osademe Esq, Vice Chairman, Rachael Princewill Esq, Assistant Secretary, Chile Christian Woke Esq, Social Secretary, Precious Dike Esq Publicity Secretary, James A.  James, Provost  were all in attendance.


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