A police officer named Salihu Kazeem is accused of raping a 17-year-old girl and her companion at his home in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and photographing them in their undies.
The victim described her incident to Punch, claiming that Kazeem had stripped them naked, taken a nude film of them, and then raped them after accusing them of stealing 500,000 naira from his account using his ATM.
After she reported the incident to the Rumokpakani Police Station, the youngster also claimed that Kazeem had been following her.
The victim claims that during some time in March 2022, she was looking for a job when a friend introduced her to the policeman.
“When we returned his ATM card that he had given us to use to purchase food after a friend had introduced us to him, he accused us of stealing. When we pressed him for the amount, he responded with N500,000, claiming that he had received numerous debit notifications “She told a story.
“My friend was fired, but he kept me and the female that went to the store with him. He informed his boys that we were robbers over the phone.
“He wanted us to remove our dresses so he could film us while we were exposed. He threatened to spread our nude films if we don’t work with him. He led us to a room where he spent the night with us.
While rejecting the incident, Kazeem responded by referring to the victims as “hook-up chicks” and saying that they had given their agreement to the sexual act.
However, he said that following one of the hookups, the girls made several withdrawals using his ATM card.
“I gave one of them my ATM when they arrived at my place so they could buy food. I didn’t see them till after 11 p.m. after they left with the ATM card. None of them made a call to me to update me. I was just getting debit alerts at the time. I made an attempt to get in touch with one of them who her friends had set me up with. She admitted to giving my ATM card to another woman and told me not to take offense.”
Festus Bomwin, an attorney with the Center for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign, confirmed the occurrence and encouraged the state’s police command to look into it in an effort to bring the victims justice.
We urge the Rivers State Police Authority to launch a complete and impartial inquiry into the incident, and if any party is found to be at fault, the law should be allowed to play out, the man added.
Grace Iringe-Koko, a spokeswoman for the State Police Command, claimed that both parties had been invited by state police commissioner CP Friday Eboka.
We therefore anticipate their arrival at the command today. After hearing from them, I’m confident a covert investigation will start, and the results will be made public. Anybody found culpable will face the law.” the PPRO added.