A secondary school student, Sopuruchukwu Onuoha, has been arrested by operatives of the Owerri Area Command of the Nigeria Police Force for allegedly raping his neighbour (names withheld). However, the18-year-old, who hails from Ekwereazu in Ahiazu Mbaise Council Area of the state, has denied the allegation.
The victim, who spoke to Southern City News on Tuesday, insisted that Onuoha raped her and she wouldn’t have anything to gain by lying against him.
She said the incident happened when her parents left home for work.
In her words:
“We live at No. 5, Rotibi Street in Owerri in a two-storeyed building. We live on the first floor while Onuoha and his parents live on the second floor.
“However, my dad called me to bring mobile phone charger to him on the ground floor, but little did I know that Onuoha heard it. He entered and hid himself in our flat.
“After giving the charger to my daddy and returned to our flat, Onuoha held me from the back, used his cloth to cover my mouth and started raping me.
“By the time he rose up from on top of me, blood started gushing out from my private parts and stained both my pants and dress. The only thing I succeeded in doing was biting him on his hand, which today stands for me as evidence.”
Crying, the victim stated that she immediately went down with the dress and reported to her returning mother, who through her husband alerted the police and Onuoha was arrested.
From preliminary examination conducted at the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri on the victim, it was reported that the victim was indeed raped
Meanwhile, police sources said investigation into the case had reached an advanced stage, adding that the matter would soon be referred to the Criminal Investigation Department of the police command.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, however, said he was not aware of the matter.