Police dismiss constable in Benue for alleged rape of detained minor

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Makurdi, Benue.

Police have dismissed one Belasa Iyangedue, a constable for allegedly raping a 16-year-old who was in detention.

Commissioner of Police in Benue, Mr Bartholomew Onyeka told newsmen on Tuesday in Makurdi that Iyangedue had been arraigned as the police had the statutory responsibility to fight crime.

Iyangedue’s offence, he added, was against the ethics of the profession.

He said that the dismissed constable allegedly committed the offence at Tse Agbaragba Divisional Police Station at Konshisha Local Government Area.

“He was not only dismissed but he is facing prosecution. When civilians commit such offence they are prosecuted. He is facing dismissal and prosecution,’’ Onyeka said.

Police detained the rape victim on Aug. 15 for alleged defamation, but the dismissed constable, allegedly, took her out of the cell and unto the Divisional Police Officer’s office where he raped her.

Upon her release from detention the day after, the victim reported the incident to the police. 

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