From: Tony John, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Police Command yesterday, took custody of a 23-year-old man, Ifeanyichukwu Maxwell Dike, who was arrested by members of a vigilance group in the Eliozu area in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, while he was on the way to dispose the body of his neighbour’s daughter after using other parts of her body for ritual.
Sunday Sun gathered that the suspect abducted the eight-year-old victim, Victory Chikamso on Friday, raped, killed and removed some parts of her body for a ritual. When he was arrested by the vigilance group, he was carrying the remains of the corpse in a bag.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, told newsmen that the suspect who was residing at Messiah Street, Eliozu, Port Harcourt was arrested by men of the Okporo Police Station.
He said that Dike abducted the little girl, who lived with her parents at the same address on Friday.
“The little girl was abducted, defiled and killed, while her vagina, eyes, tongue and breast were removed and put in a polythene bag.
“The suspect was going to dispose of the body when he was arrested by members of a local vigilance group that suspected his movement. On being questioned, the suspect dropped the bag and took to his heels.
“Consequently, the vigilantes gave the suspect a hot chase and apprehended him. On further interrogation by the Police, he confessed and took the Police to where the vital organs were concealed,” Omoni said.
He, however, disclosed that the body and the organs of the victim had been recovered and deposited in the mortuary, while the suspect was helping the Police in the investigation.
In a related development, operatives from the Azikiwe Police Station on stop-and-search duty at the Eagle Island Sandfill, on Friday, intercepted a Toyota Avalon salon car with Reg. No. WER 767 CN with three occupants, namely, Ignatius Opara, Aniebiet Daniel and Lawson Basoene.
On searching the car the police recovered one locally made pistol with two 7.62mm live ammunition which was hidden under the driver’s seat.
The Police further said interrogation revealed that the suspects had stolen the car from where it was packed at Amadi Ama. (The Sun)