Parading a 27-year-old suspect arrested in connection with several criminal offences including r*pe and armed robbery at Eleyele Police Command, Ibadan, the Police Commissioner, Leye Oyebade, said that “Nwamma (20 ) and another one still on the run, abducted their victim named Blessing (16) from her father’s residence at Ojokondo Street, Agbowo on July 6, 2016 around 1.45 pm and took her to Ajao Street, Agbowo Express, Ibadan where both men took turns to molest her.
“They threatened their victim with knife and scissors after which she was subdued before committing the criminal act. The arrest of the suspect followed a report made by the victim’s father after he was alerted by his daughter’s friend who was with her when she was forcibly taken away by the rapists.
“The suspect confessed to the crime and exhibits recovered from him are:
two pairs of NSCDC uniform, five mobile phones, one beret, a belt and other items. The identity card found on the suspect bears his photograph but a different name, Falade Elijah ”, the police boss said.
Confessing to the crime, Emmanuel Nwamma, said the victim was his friend’s girlfriend, adding that he gave his friend, Emeka, his house key when he told him that he was taking his girlfriend home. “I don't even know that my friend has the intention to molest her, but I just saw myself assisting him to hold her hands and we both r*ped her together.
"I am not a real civil defence officer. I am just using it to scare people. The uniform belongs to my brother in law,” he said.
Blessing, on her part, denied knowing any of the suspects before the day she was r*ped.
According to her, “I was only in front of my father’s house when I saw the two men on a motor bike before they parked. They called me to come and show them a direction of a place they said they were going. I was forced to climb the motorcycle and they threatened me with a knife not to shout. I was taken to a house where both men took their turns to molest me,” she said.
The state Police boss warned all those with criminal intent, saying henceforth there is zero tolerance for crime in the state. Nwamma would be charged to court, as police is on the trail of his friend.