A herbalist has been arrested for the rape of his friend's 15-year-old daughter in Anambra state.
The 52-year-old suspect identified as Emeka Obu, is expected to be arraigned before the court following the conclusion of the ongoing investigation.
According to the father of the victim, Ifemesi, Obu visited their home while his daughter was alone, put a hand over her mouth to ensure her silence then proceeded to tear her pant and had carnal knowledge of her.
“When she started to bleed, the culprit used the torn panties to clean her up and left with the pant,” he said.
Ifemesi added that the incident occurred on September 13 and that the family reported the case at the Enigwu-Ukwu Police Station, which led to the suspect's arrest.
He also disclosed that he owed the suspect some money, which might have been a motive for the rape.
“Sometime in August this year, I borrowed N20,000 from my friend, Emeka Obu, and I promised that I would pay him back very soon," He said.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Nkiruka Nwode, has confirmed the incident adding that the Enugwu-Ukwu Police Division was currently investigating the case.
Punch reports that a written petition was sent to the Anambra State Police Commissioner, Mr Sam Okaula, asking that suspect is prosecuted as soon as possible.
The petition caption read: “Unlawful carnal knowledge, attempted murder by stifling, seizure of torn panties (underwear) soaked in blood, threatening violence and threat to life perpetrated by Emeka Obu,” he asked the police to: “treat the matter with keen interest, conduct discreet investigation into same and cause gavel of justice to hit appropriately”.