Civil Rights Council, Rivers State says the excuse given by the Nigerian Police that the Police were not able to take an eight years old suspected female rape victim to hospital because the Police lacked funds to do so is not tenable.
Civil Rights Council view the role played by the Police as highly insensitivity to the plight of a little girl who was left unconscious by yet to be identified male predator.
The Rivers State Chapter Chairman of Civil Rights Council Prince Wiro in a statement said Even if the Police lacked the funds to take her to hospital, the Police would have at least taken her to Police hospital in the state or better still contact gender based groups or philanthropist worship centres.
He called on the Commissioner of Police CP Dandaura Mustapha to investigate the abandonment of the suspected rape victim at the road side by Elekahia Police station in Port Harcourt and prosecute any officer(s) found culpable.
The statement also thanked the good Samaritan Mrs. Juan who brought the incident to the knowledge of the public. We commend her patriotism and urge Nigerians to emulate her action.
Mrs. Juan had on Monday morning called into a radio program on Niginfo 92.3FM announced this how the Police left a suspected female rape victim aged 8 at the road opposite the Police station.
Meanwhile The Rivers State Police Command Made a U-Turn by sending the 8 years old raped victim who was abandoned by the Ekekehia Police Station to hospital yesterday. Following outcry by Civil Rights Council and other well-meaning Nigerians on the excuse by the Police that they had no funds to take her to the hospital.
The 8 years old little girl known as EBERE from ETCHE is presently at children’s emergency ward at Rivers State University Teaching hospital formerly called BMH. The Commissioner of Police, CP Dandaura Mustapha personally ordered the DPO of Elekehia to take the rape victim to hospital. We are happy that the Police lived up to their Cooperate Social Responsibility by saving the life of the little girl.