From Blessing IIbunge, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the gruesome murder of an eight-year-old minor, Chinonso Okudo, in her home in Elekahia area of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, after she was defiled.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed the incident, said the victim was strangled and stabbed on her neck by unknown persons.
He added that information at his disposal showed that Chinonso was once allegedly defiled by a man whose matter was discharged from court based on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) in the state.
Omoni said that an autopsy would be conducted on the girl, adding that investigation had been launched to unravel the circumstances of her death.
He said: “Chinonso was killed in her mother’s house here in Port Harcourt. We are working on different clues that can lead to her killers. And we vow that we will leave no stone unturned.
“We hear that she was defiled and the man who defiled her was discharged. But that incident is still shrouded in controversy and I would not want to go into that because I don’t have the full information.
“But on this murder, I can tell you that the matter has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID). Investigations are ongoing too,” Omoni said.
It would be recalled that similar incident involving the murder of eight years old, Victory Chikamso, in Eliozu is still pending before Justice Adolphus Enebeli where three suspects including a dismissed olice Sergeant are standing trial.