21-year-old Ifeanyi Maxwell Dike, has been sentenced to death by hanging for the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in the year 2017.
In the year 2017, Ifeanyi Maxwell Dike, raped 8-year-old Chikamso at Messiah Close, in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, killed her, and then removed her tongue, breasts, vagina, and eyes.
While on his way to dispose her dismembered body, he was apprehended by men of the vigilante group in the area.
After his arrest, Dike was able to escape from detention with the help of an officer identified as Sgt Johnbosco Okoroeze – who has since been dismissed from service. He was again caught in Plateau state, and trial resumed.
A Rivers State High Court has now sentenced Dike and his accomplice, Ugochukwu Onwuamiro, to death by hanging for the crime.
The judgement was delivered by Justice Adolphus Enebeli of the Rivers state High court, in a judgment that lasted almost three hours.
Justice Enebeli described the actions of Dike and Ugochukwu as satanic and deserved to die by hanging.
The presiding judge also found the dismissed police officer guilty of criminal negligence having acted in a manner that allowed Dike to escape from police custody 24 hours after he was arrested. The court reduced his sentence to one year having considered that he had been in custody since August 2017, been dismissed from the police, and is a family man.