A police sergeant, Johnbosco Okoroeze, who is suspected to have had a hand in the escape of a 200 level student of the Rivers State University, Ifeanyi Dike, who allegedly kidnapped and killed an eight-year-old girl, has been dismissed from the Nigerian Police.
He was also arraigned by the Rivers State Police Command for allegedly aiding the escape of Dike.
Dike was arrested on Saturday by local vigilante with a bag containing the body of an eight-year-old girl, Chikamso Victory, which he was attempting to dispose of after he allegedly cut off the vagina, fingers, breasts, and tongue.
The suspect, who was also said to have raped the girl before killing her, was handed over to the police in the state.
But he later escaped that Saturday night from police custody in the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, under controversial circumstances.
Okoroeze, who was the Investigating Police Officer, had removed the suspect’s handcuffs while he took his statements.
The suspect was reported to have fled the SCIID under the cover of darkness and his whereabouts had remained unknown
Okoroeze, who was arraigned Thursday by the police before a chief magistrate’s court on two counts bordering on obstruction of justice and conspiracy, was remanded in custody for the alleged offences.
The accused, who was brought to the magistrate’s court in handcuffs, cried profusely on the premises.
“What have I done to myself? What did I do? Call my wife for me,” he said.
One of the charges read, “That you, Johnbosco Okoroeze, on August 19, 2017, at about 8.30pm at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Port Harcourt, in the Port Harcourt Magisterial District, did assist one Ifeanyi Dike, who is to your knowledge guilty of the offence of murder of one Chikamso Nmezuwuba, aged eight years, for rituals, to escape when he was to be detained for prosecution, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 322 of the Criminal Code Cap 37, Vol. II, Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.”
The Chief Magistrate declined jurisdiction to handle the matter, directing the court registrar to transfer the case file to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.
The court then remanded the suspect in prison and adjourned the matter till September 14, 2017.