The police said they are investigating a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Imo state over failure to report a rape case to the police headquarters in the state.
Police officers working under the DPO are also being investigated for the same case.
The Force spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi stated this in a post on his X handle (formerly known as Twitter) Tuesday.
Three men allegedly gang-raped a 20-year-old woman in Owerri, Imo state, between 18 and 19 November.
Adejobi, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, said the affected DPO is in charge of Orji Police Division in Owerri, where the rape case was reported.
“The DPO and his officers involved have been subjected to investigation.
“Necessary action would be taken in the case, while those to be sanctioned would be adequately sanctioned,” Adejobi said.
The force spokesperson did not, however, mention the DPO’s name and those of the other officers.
He said the commissioner of police in Imo state has been on the case and had wanted to take ‘some actions’ Tuesday but was distracted by the killing of two police officers in the state.
“It was just yesterday that we were aware that the division had been handling the case. This is unprofessional and unacceptable,” he said.
“It’s strange to us as well that the DPO did not even inform the state command of the case,” Adejobi added.
The force spokesperson stated that cases such as rape, armed robbery and murder are not handled at police divisions but at State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) or at the Force CID.
Adejobi vowed that justice will be served in the rape case.
The spokesperson said no “reasonable officer or institution will support or cover” such a case.
“We are on it, and we maintain that justice will be served,” he assured. (Premium Times)