13th June, 2013
The much awaited arraignment of suspects in connection with the raping of a woman detained in a police cell, did not come up Thursday in the Federal High Court, Warri, as earlier scheduled.
P.M.NEWS Edo State Correspondent who was in Warri to cover proceedings reliably gathered that all cases in the court were adjourned in preparation for a valedictory court session for retired Justice Jonathan Shakaro holding in the court hall Friday.
The victim, Mrs Esse Isaiah Ozegbe, who was detained overnight in the police cell at Abraka Police Division on 13 February this year, was allegedly raped by two male detainees, Enamuotor Akpevwe and Ugbede Obruche throughout the night.
Following the alleged rape, the victim petitioned the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (Zone 5) in Benin, which eventually resulted in the dismissal of the station’s cell guard on duty on the fateful day, Oseji Daniel, while Inspector Erebi Akporunor (Mrs.) was demoted to the rank of sergeant after an orderly room trial carried out by the AIG.
In the suit number FHC/WR/CS/128/13, the victim is suing the Inspector-General of Police, the AIG (Zone 5), the Attorney-General of the federation, the Police Service Commission and 11 others, claiming N750 million as general damages for negligence of duty.
Counsel to the victim, Barrister Ejowoafuvwe Junior Efe, who spoke to P.M.NEWS at the court premises, said the case has been adjourned till 11 July for mention.