DPO Arrested over escape of man who Killed Girl for Rituals

A Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Rivers State has been arrested on orders of the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zaki Mohammed Ahmed, in connection with the escape of a suspected ritualist and r*pist, Ifeanyichukwu Maxwell Dike, from police detention.

Dike, a 200 level student of the University of Port Harcourt was arrested by Okporo Police Station in Port Harcourt while trying to dispose the dismembered body of his eight year-old female relative, Chikamso Victory, who he r*pe and later killed for ritual purposes

Also, a Police Inspector (names withheld) who led the team of policemen that brought the suspect to the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID), Port Harcourt, where he was handed over to the Investigating Police Officer (IPO), former Sergeant Johnbosco Okoroeze, who has already been dismissed from the Police, was last Friday arraigned and remanded in prison custody by a Chief Magistrate Court for allegedly aiding the escape of Dike.

According to sources at SCID in Port Harcourt, the DPO and the Inspector were arrested following revelations that they were in the know of what happened before the escape of the suspect.

The source said, “The father of the victim was uncomfortable when the police team stopped on the road for the Inspector to answer a call. It was later found out that it was the DPO who called him to expect a call from an IPO, who will be in charge of the case.

“When the Inspector’s phone was checked, there was a call from one Johnbosco, who was the IPO and by the rules of the force, a DPO cannot assign an IPO to a matter that is no longer under him. So, the DPO and Inspector were invited and arrested.”

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police has assured that he is committed to rearresting the suspected and getting every other person involved in the murder of the girl arrested.