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Rape victim petitions AIG


Mrs. Ese Ozegbe said to have been serially raped by four men while in police custody at Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government of Delta State, has petitioned the Assistant Inspector – General of Police, Zone 5, Benin, accusing the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and his men of negligence and failure to protect her.

Mrs. Ozegbe, in the petition by her lawyer, Ejomasuvwe Efe, alleged that following a fight between her and her neighbour, policemen from Abraka Police Station came to arrest her following a complaint by one Mama Afoke, who she had the altercation with.

She disclosed that efforts made by her husband, Isaiah Ozegbe, to effect her bail was rebuffed by the DPO and DCO, who apart from intimidating and abusing her husband pushed him out of the police station.

“Shortly after Mr. Isaiah left the Abraka Police Station, the Police IPO instructed the policeman at the counter to take Mrs. Ozegbe to the police cell and deliver her into a cell where there were already two men.

“As soon as the policeman locked the gate to the entrance of the cells, two younger boys came into the cell where Mrs. Ese and the other two mature men were kept, and immediately they started rubbing her and she protested that she is a married woman and mother of five children and about to wed.

“The boys asked her to keep quite and immediately grabbed her by her neck and closed her mouth with their hands, the others held her two hands and threw her on the ground and started to rape her. In the process, she started shouting but the policemen refused to come to her aid until she went into a coma. She realised herself the following morning”, he said.

Mrs. Ozegbe informed the AIG that when her husband confronted the DPO and DCO about his wife’s allegedly raped; the DCO ordered that he should kept behind the counter.

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