1st May, 2022
By Jethro Ibileke
Operatives of Edo State Police Command at the weekend arrested two suspected paedophiles, for allegedly defiling a 13-year-old girl.
The suspects, Collins Odaro Otabor (30) and Junior Ozoba (30) were arrested for conspiracy and defiling of the victim (name withheld), on 28 April, 2022, in Ekehuan community, Egor LGA of the State.
A statement by the Command’s spokesman, SP Kontongs Bello, said the arrest of the suspects was part of the Command’s renewed efforts to stem the increasing rate of sexual violence against women and children in the State.
“One of the suspects, Collins Odaro, a father of one, confessed to having lured the victim to his friend’s room, Junior Ozoba, and forcibly had carnal knowledge of her,” the statement said.
It added that the suspects would be charged to court at the end of the investigation.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro, who expressed sadness over the ugly act, has appealed for calm.
He assured that the command under his watch would ensure that justice was served as he had since directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department to carry out a detailed investigation into the matter.