Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, has directed the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. James Ezike, to investigate the alleged rape of a 6-year-old girl by three students of School of Nursing, Benin-City.
The suspects have been identified as Kennedy, Paul Aghama and Jeffery.
The IG in the directive signed by his Principal Staff Officer, Idowu Owohunwa, ACP, directed the Commissioner of Police to revert the earlier decision where the AIG Zone 5 in its report said the 6-year-old girl defiled herself by using instruments to penetrate her private part.
The IG’s directive was given due to a petition by the little girl’s mother’s counsel- Olayiwola Afolabi, who asked for an independent investigation because it seemed like some powerful persons were trying to use their positions to ensure that the case was swept under the carpet.
Afolabi said that on May 25, 2015, the little girl’s mom had discovered that her daughter was having abdominal pains, so she took her to the hospital where she was examined by a doctor who discovered that she had been raped. He said when the little girl was questioned by her mother, she told her that some students from the State School of Nursing who she gave their names as Kennedy, Paul Aghama and Jeffery had taken her from her mother’s shop through the window and defiled her twice on their bed.
According to Vanguard, the counsel disclosed that his client reported the case at Aideyan Police Station which later transferred it to Esigie Police Station where there was some shady happenings going on at the station before another petition was sent to the the IG, Mr. James Arase who has now given the State commissioner a new directive to investigate the matter.