A constable, Belasa Iyangedue, has been dismissed by the police in the state for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl who was in detention.
Iyangedue’s dismissal was made known on Tuesday in Makurdi by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Bartholomew Onyeka.
According to the police boss, Iyangedue had been arraigned as the police had the statutory responsibility to fight crime, adding that the suspect’s crime was against the ethics of the profession.
In addition, the CP disclosed that the act was allegedly perpetrated 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 offences 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.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director of the Bayelsa Electricity Company Limited, Mr Olice Kemenanabo, has attributed the prolonged power outage in Yenagoa and its environs to a fatal motor accident that occurred around the Opolo area of the state capital penultimate week.
Two lives were lost in the incident after a vehicle crashed into an electric pole and damaged several others, resulting in the interruption of electricity supply to affected areas with consumers groaning.
Kemenanabo, who is also the chairman of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, explained this in a statement he signed and issued to journalists on Tuesday.
Expressing regret about the blackout, he said, “The current blackout in parts of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital and environs, is a result of a vehicle that crashed into and damaged several electric poles in the Opolo area of Yenagoa.
“Two lives were reportedly lost due to the crash.
“The effect of the accident was a fault that cascaded into the 132/33kV Transmission Substation at Gbarain, with a heavy bang that caused an inferno and gutted the 33kv feeder switchgear, the protection and control systems and other sensitive electrical equipment.”