The Rivers State Police Command yesterday said efforts were being made to arrest a police officer, Inspector Peter Ebah, who allegedly arrested and raped a 23-year-old lady at Saakpenwaa checkpoint in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State for not putting on a face mask.

The lady was said to be travelling from Bori to Eleme on Wednesday when her vehicle was stopped by the police at Tai checkpoint.

After a thorough search was done, the lady was brought out from the vehicle and delayed till evening because she didn’t wear a nose mask.

Inspector Peter Ebah, the leader of the police officers on duty, was said to later take the victim at gunpoint in the night to a guesthouse where she was allegedly raped till daybreak.

She was said to be taken out of the vehicle at about 6:30pm and held till 10:00p.m. on Wednesday. An anonymous source said: “The officers, instead of going to the station, diverted the lady to a guesthouse, where the leader held her and raped her till morning before letting her go.”

According to a text message she sent to a radio station based in Rivers State before the alleged rape, she claims officers prevented her from communicating with anyone. It reads:
“Dear, I am dying here. I have been taken to a guesthouse just because of face mask of N100. I can’t believe this is happening to me. He wants to sleep with me. I am dying. He didn’t let me answer any call. He threatened to seize my phone.”

Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, when contacted said: “After hearing about this, we immediately invited the lady. After hearing from her, she made a written statement, and investigation has commenced.

“The matter is receiving adequate attention. The lady has just made her statement and efforts are on to unveil the identities of the officers alleged to have been involved in the act for necessary action. We appeal for calm to allow the law take its full course.”