Police in Anambra State have arrested a 30-year-old man, Sunday Nwadiagha, for allegedly raping a 75-year-old woman.
A statement, Saturday, by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Tochukwu Ikenga said in collaboration with other security agencies, the suspect, who hailed from the Eyiba area of Ebonyi, was arrested at about 4:00 p.m. on Friday at Nkwelle Awkuzu community.
According to the PPRO, preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was caught in the act at the victim’s farm in Nkwelle Awkuzu.
“The suspect’s arrest followed an alarm raised by the old woman, which attracted the attention of passers-by and neighbors who rushed to the scene and caught the culprit.”
Ikenga added that before his arrest and handover to the police, an angry mob had already gathered and beaten Nwadiagha to a pulp.
He said both the victim and the suspect had been taken to the hospital for medical attention.
The State Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng has reiterated the Command’s campaign against mob action by members of the public, who always take the laws into their hands by administering jungle justice on suspected criminals.
The public should endeavor to take such suspects to the nearest police station whenever they are apprehended.
This would afford the police the opportunity to conduct appropriate investigations into the nefarious activities of suspects, and bring them to justice by extant laws.