The Rivers State Police Command has been charged by a human rights activist, Prince Wiro to investigate and prosecute it's operatives who were responsible for molesting and arresting a widow for allegedly breaching one of the Covid-19 protocols.


The Widow aged 32, narrated how some police officers attached to the Sakpenwa Police Division, Tai Local Government Area allegedly arrested her on Tuesday,  28th of July for not wearing her face mask and then took her to a guest house where she claimed she was raped at gunpoint.

She narrated saying; 

I was returning from Bori to Port Harcourt when I met some police officers at a checkpoint. They arrested me for not wearing nose mask. They kept me long there with them.
"Thereafter they carried me from one place to the other, claiming they want to take me to the police station but never took me to any police station.After some time, they took me to a guest house where one of them raped me till dawn. His name is Inspector Peter Iba of Sakpenwa Police Station."

While reacting to the issue, the activist, Wiro charged the police command to open immediate investigation into the alleged rape case of the widow.

In his words he said; 
There is no justification for the punishment of rape to be meted out to a woman because she flouted Rivers State Government order on use of nose masks. I expect the police to take this matter serious.You know there’s a recent order from the Inspector General of Police charging every Command to do everything possible to make rape a thing of the past in the society.

It was reported that during the time the victim was arrested, she raised an alarm via a text message which was broadcasted via the whatsapp media platform.

Via the text message she said;

I have been taken to a guest house just because of N100 face mask. I can’t believe this is happening to me. He wants to sleep with me. I am dying. He wouldn’t let me pick any call. He threatened to seize my phone.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Rivers Command, Nnamdi Omoni while reacting to the allegations leveled against some of their operatives said; 

 After hearing about this, we immediately invited the lady. After hearing from her, she made a written statement and Investigation has commenced. The matter is receiving adequate attention. 
The lady has just made her statement and efforts are on to unveil the identities of the officers alleged to have involved in the act for necessary action."