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A Port Harcourt Magistrate court in the River State capital has remanded Sergeant JohnBosco Okoroeze in prison custody. 

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Sergeant JohnBosco is standing trial for the negligence of duty which led to the escape of a ritual suspect who allegedly raped and murdered an eight-year-old girl. 

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After the police officer was remanded in prison custody on Thursday, the Chief Magistrate, Andrew Jaja, ordered that the case file be handed over to the Department of Public Prosecution. 

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The suspect, Maxwell Ifeanyi Dike, was said to have cut off the vital parts of the eight-year-old girl before he was apprehended by security operatives on Saturday last week. 

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Barely 24 hours after his arrest, Ifeanyi, an undergraduate of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), escaped from police custody. 

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The Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Mr Zaki Ahmed, had said the suspect fled while he was being interrogated and prepared to be moved to where he would be detained at the state’s Criminal Investigation Department. 

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Mr Ahmed, however, noted that a man hunt has been put in motion by the Police Command to arrest the fleeing suspect. He blamed the escape on the negligence of the police officer who has been remanded in prison custody.

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