A police officer, Salihu Kazeem, has been accused of raping a 17-year-old girl and her friend in his home in Rivers State’s Port Harcourt neighborhood.
The victim claimed that Kazeem committed the crime after accusing her and her friend of making unauthorized withdrawals totaling N500,000 from his bank account. The victim described her ordeal to our correspondent.
Additionally, the minor claimed that a friend had introduced her to Kazeem while she was job-hunting sometime in March 2022, and that he had trailed her after she reported the incident to the Rumokpakani Police Station.
“He accused us of stealing when we returned his Automated Teller Machine card which he gave us to get something to eat after a friend introduced us to him. He claimed that he received many debit alerts and when we asked for the amount, he said N500, 000.
“He discharged my friend and kept me and the girl that went to buy food in his house. He called his boys and told them that we were thieves.
“He asked us to take off our dresses and filmed us as we were naked. He said if we don’t cooperate with him, he would spread our nude videos. He took us to a room and slept with us till the next morning.”
In his response, Kazeem denied the deed but called the victims “hook-up girls” and said they had given their agreement to the sexual act.
However, he said that following one of the hookups, the girls used his ATM card to make a number of withdrawals.
“When they came to my house, I gave one of them my ATM to buy food. They left with the ATM card and I didn’t see them till 11pm. None of them called to tell me anything. The only thing I was receiving was debit alerts.
“I tried to reach one of them that her friends connected me to for hook-up. She told me she gave my ATM card to another lady and said I should not be offended.”
Festus Bomwin, an attorney with the Center for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign, encouraged the police command in the state to look into the issue in an effort to provide the victims’ justice.
When reached, Grace Iringe-Koko, the state police public relations officer, stated that both parties had been invited by Friday Eboka, the state police commissioner.
She said, “So, we are expecting them at the command today. I am sure after hearing from them, discreet investigation will begin and the outcome will be made known to the public. Whoever is found culpable will face the law.”