The Abia state police command has dismissed the officer accused of raping a student of the Abia polytechnic.
The officer, Corporal Chinedu Nwachukwu, arrested the female student at her Lodge near the Aba North council secretariat and took her to an undisclosed location where he raped her.
Angered by the development, the students of the institution had protested the incident, taking over the Aba-Owerri road while demanding justice.
Confirming the dismissal of the police officer, the Abia state commissioner of police, Mrs Janet Agbede, said his dismissal followed an orderly trial where he was found guilty of the rape allegation.
The dismissed officer was also disclosed would be prosecuted for rape.
Meanwhile, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, dismissed the report that the officer is attached to the Rapid Response Squad.
According to Ogbonna, “The report in the media is that a policeman from the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, of Abia state command arrested and raped an Abia Poly Student in Aba, is not true. The said rape was committed by a police officer attached to Eziama police station.
“The young girl, who is the victim of the rape, when she was brought to Eziama police station, identified the said police officer that raped her and she made her statement in the same police station.
“That a police officer wore a police polo T-shirt on duty does not make such a policeman a member of the RRS unit. RRS police officers are very responsive and responsible police personnel trained to undertake their duties professionally at all times.
“The RRS should be appreciated and commended by the public for their prompt response to crime scenes and emergency security calls rather than peddling negative stories to tarnish their reputation.
“The press and other media practitioners should confirm their information before releasing it to the public. It is totally untrue. RRS has nothing whatsoever to do with the rape case.”