Defilement Of 6-Year-Old Baby: Delta Police Boss Orders DPO To Produce Suspect Within 24 Hours

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Delta State Commissioner of Police (CP),  Ali Mohammed Ari has ordered the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Oleh Police Division in Isoko South Local Government, Paul Oboware to produce a suspect, Mr Lawrence Emeriovo Edigheji, who allegedly defiled a six-year-old baby within 24 hours.

CP Mohammed confirmed on Thursday evening on the phone that, “l have directed the DPO to transfer “all those involved in the matter to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) here at the police headquarters Asaba. I also directed him to produce the suspect within 24 hours. I will not take such a case lightly. What is bad in the sight of men is also bad in the sight of God.

“How can somebody with clear conscience defile such a little girl,”? he lamented. The victim, name withheld, was said to have been lured into Lawrence’s house on Tuesday, July 5th 2022.

“We learnt that the little girl was bleeding, arousing the curiosity of a grown-up girl who later learnt that it was Lawrence who defiled her.

“The grown-up girl was said to have alerted the father of the girl when he returned from the farm.

“The little girl’s mother is said to have died in 2019, making Lawrence who is said to be married with three kids take advantage of the baby”s motherless condition to defile her,” the Police said.

There are theories that Lawrence might have used the blood of the baby for rituals, neighbours lamented.

“We gathered that the DPO on getting the information,  but several calls across to the community chairman, Mr  Moses Oruerighe Ogbogo to brief him on the alleged defilement.

The DPO said the community chairman and others were allegedly making concerted efforts to resolve the matter at the community level without informing the police.  Mr Ogbogo was said to have ignored the DPO”s phone calls.

The  DPO was said to have been irked by the chairman’s blunt refusal to pick up his calls and sent him an invitation letter to report to his station on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, with the Vigilante members of the community and any other person involved on the issue, to defend themselves on an allegation of covering up the case.

The vigilante members were said to have failed to show up at the police station on Wednesday. “The DPO had to order the community chairman to bring all those involved – including the vigilante chairman, Mr Gideon Isara and his members to the station on Thursday a reliable source at Araya disclosed.

It was further gathered that the DPO ordered the detention of lsara and his men, while the community chairman was said to have escaped from the police station.

The DPO was also said to have disbanded the vigilante of Araya with a view to inaugurating fresh members.

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