The Police command in Ebonyi has arrested a 19-year-old man, Miracle Onwe, for allegedly r@ping and r%bbing a 22-year-old woman lady, Ruth Nwizi.
The spokesperson of the command, SP Chris Anyanwu, said on Friday that the suspect was a notorious and habitual r@pist. Anyanwu said the suspect was arrested after his latest victim raised the alarm after having had carnal knowledge of her in the farmland.
He said, “On 19/08/2022 at about 1700hrs, Ruth Nwizi, a 22-year-old girl was farming at Aboffia village in Ebonyi LGA, Ebonyi State, when suddenly a young man came from the rear and p@unced on her. The suspect later identified as Miracle Onwe, aged 19, an indigene of Ezzamgbo in Ohaukwu LGA, pushed the said Ruth down and f%rcefully had carnal knowledge of her without her consent.”
He further said that after the act, the suspect r%bbed her of her Infinix Smart 5 phone valued at #45,000 and took to his heels. He added, “When the girl raised the alarm and drew the attention of passers-by who went after him, the suspect dived into a nearby river with the phone.
Following the report, police detectives swung into action with his detectives, cordoned off the area leading to the arrest of the suspect. Miracle confessed to the crime. However, both victim and suspect were taken to FETHA for post-exposure prophylaxis and laboratory tests respectively. A medical report duly issued by FETHA confirmed that the girl was actually r@ped.
According to the PPRO, the suspect will be arraigned for rape and robbery at the appropriate Court in Ebonyi State. He equally observed that the suspect was in the habit of m%lesting young girls in the area in the past. “It is pertinent to mention at this juncture, that the suspect had earlier this year attempted to r@pe a minor whom he f%rcefully grabbed in the company of two of her mates.
However, as soon as he str§pped the little girl in a bid to defile her, people who were within the vicinity pursued him and he dived into this same river. This has been his modus operandi.”