Operatives from the Aba Central Police Station on Thursday rescued a second-year student of the Imo State University, Owerri student of Chukwuebuka JohnPaul from being lynched by a mob in Abia State, after he was allegedly caught raping a 15-year-old girl.
The Abia Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed the rescue and arrest on Thursday.
Ogbonna said the suspect is already in Police custody as of the time of filling this report and that investigations are going on to unravel more facts about the case.
A police source who refused to be named said JohnPaul is a 25-year-old Political Science student of Imo State University.
He said the suspect resides at Christ Church Road, World Bank Housing Estate, Abayi, Aba, from where he went to commit the crime at Alozie St., Aba, about 1 pm, on Thursday.
The source said that he was almost lynched at Alozie Street where policemen rescued him.
He said that Johnpaul lured the victim with a receptionist job advertisement on a board placed by the roadside close to an unoccupied building.
He said the job advert attracted the 15-year-old girl who just finished her Senior School Certificate Examination and was on a job hunt to support herself, her widowed mother and siblings.
The source further said that when the victim reached the venue, the suspect who was standing by told her that he was the boss of the organisation and told her to follow him upstairs for an interview.
The victim was said to have followed the suspect upstairs without any form of suspicion.
But as soon as both of them reached an apartment upstairs, the suspect who is naturally huge, grabbed the victim, wrestled her to the floor and raped her.
The victim’s attempts to raise alarm and alert some boys downstairs failed as the suspect covered her mouth and threatened to kill her with a wooden plank if she dared to shout.
The source said that after allegedly raping the victim, JohnPaul tried escaping but the victim raised alarm and people downstairs rounded him up.
JohnPaul was grabbed by angry residents who beat him mercilessly and were about lynching him when men of the Aba Central Police Station rescued him.
He said that the victim who is seriously traumatised is currently hospitalised at Police Clinic, Aba Area Command.
The Police source further said that JohnPaul had confessed to the crime while investigations are ongoing to unravel more facts about the matter.