Rivers State Police have arrested two pastors, Austin Emmanuel and Peter Davies, for allegedly raping a 27-year old National Youths Service Corps member who is currently observing her primary assignment at the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
The pastors are currently being detained at the State Criminal and Investigation and Intelligence Department, Port Harcourt.
Emmanuel, who was having an indoor birthday party, had invited the victim to his house. Davies later joined him during the celebration. The suspects then offered to pray for the victim and in the middle of the prayer, they applied a-yet-to-be-identified liquid on her face which made her unconscious.
The victim confirmed the incident to newsmen. According to her, she reported the incident to the police after she experienced pains in her private parts upon regaining consciousness.
She said, “Actually, it was after I regained consciousness that I was feeling pain in my vagina. I told my mum and she reported to the police and they said that they should take me to doctors without borders for a checkup. I found out that I was fingered according to the report and saw bruises seen all over my body.”
The victim’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Bonko, urged the Rivers State Police Command not to allow the accused persons to go scot-free to serve as a deterrent to other persons.
The victim’s father revealed that he had approached the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in the state to ensure the prosecution of the case.
The victim’s father explained, “When I saw her, she was not in her senses. I started asking questions. Then they told me that they have arrested the suspects. I saw the suspects and they told me what happened. We took her to a psychiatric hospital. They tested her and did everything. Wherever we went, the NYSC followed us on the matter. An NYSC official reported the issue to the headquarters. If we allow this matter to die, they will do the same thing to other female corps members. That is why I decided to come to FIDA.”
The Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Joseph Mukan, also added, “Yes, we refer to this issue, but the matter has not reached my desk. I believe it is still under investigation.”