Detectives from Anambra State Police Criminal Investigation Department, Awka are currently investigating the alleged rape of a housewife by a white garment prophet who happens to be the elder brother to the victim’s husband on a farmland in Umuchu town, Aguata Local Government of the State.
The Criminal Investigative arm of the State Police Command embarked on the investigation after receiving a petition from a group known as Human Rights Awareness Initiative and Road Safety on behalf of the victim.
According to the victim, Mrs Chinasa Okoronkwo, the Prophet identified as Pius Okoronkwo raped the victim while working on her farmland after she escaped several sexual harassment from the suspect.
Okoronkwo, who is the founder of Covenant Sabbath Mission Yaweh church with headquarters in Umuchu, however debunked the allegation saying that it was an attempt to blackmail him after sponsoring the marriage between her and his younger brother.
Chinasa on her part admitted that the suspect sponsored her marriage but stated that the prophet had another motive for sponsoring the traditional wedding.
The victim added that after her traditional marriage, the prophet approached her and told her that it was his responsibility to impregnate her despite being married to his brother.
She stated that despite her husband’s poor economic status, she turned down the offer since he was still alive and fit to get her pregnant.
The housewife further disclosed that the prophet kept harassing her until he allegedly raped her on her farm, adding that he threatened to kill her if she refused.
Chinasa affirmed that she had to seek the help of the human rights NGO so that the suspect will be made to face the wrath of the law.
Confirming the matter, Comrade Gilbert Obinwa of the Human Rights Awareness Initiative and Road Safety, said they received a complaint from the woman, adding that they had to petition the State Commissioner of Police.
Obinwa disclosed that what happened to the woman was height of injustice, adding that the police should investigate the allegation and ensure that the suspect be made to face the wrath of the law.
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