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Imo State Police Launch Investigation into DPO and Officers Regarding Mishandling of Rape Case


Imo State Police Launch Investigation into DPO and Officers Regarding Mishandling of Rape Case

The Imo State police are currently investigating a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) for alleged failure to report a rape case to the police headquarters. The DPO in question oversees the Orji Police Division in Owerri, where a 20-year-old woman was reportedly gang-raped by three men between November 18 and 19.

Police officers working under the DPO are also under investigation in connection with the handling of the case. The Force spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police Olumuyiwa Adejobi, announced the investigation on X (formerly Twitter) and emphasized that necessary actions would be taken, with appropriate sanctions for those found culpable.

Adejobi did not disclose the names of the DPO and the officers involved. He expressed concern over the unprofessional and unacceptable handling of the case, noting that the DPO failed to inform the state command about the incident. Cases like rape, armed robbery, and murder are typically handled by the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) or the Force CID, rather than at police divisions.

Adejobi assured the public that justice would be served, despite the distraction caused by the killing of two police officers in the state. Additionally, Imo State Police spokesperson Henry Okoye labeled the reported escape of a suspect from the Orji Police Division as “shameful” and “totally unacceptable.” The suspect, identified as Ihee Andrew, allegedly escaped from the detaining facility. Okoye affirmed that the case had been transferred from Orji Divisional Headquarters to the Gender Department of the State CID, emphasizing that the incident would not be overlooked.


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