by Dare Lawal
Two officers of the Nigerian Customs Service, Seme Border Command – Felola Uzezi and Mohammed Sanni – have been arrested for allegedly raping a 23-year-old lady who they met through social networking site, Facebook.
The suspects have now been transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID), Panti, for further interrogation.
According to the victim, she met one of the customs officers on Facebook and visited him after an invitation. She said on the day she was visited, he and a colleague allegedly raped her.
“I met Uzezi on Facebook and became friends with him. After a while, he invited me to his house. Uzezi invited Sanni over to his place when I came to visit him.
“Uzezi asked me for sex, but I told him that I was menstruating. When his friend Sanni came, they raped me, ” the victim explained.
The victim later reported the rape to the police and both suspects were picked.
Police who visited the scene of the crime, allegedly found blood stains on Uzezi’s bed and a boxer he gave the victim to wipe herself after the act.
The National Public Relations Officers of the Nigerian Customs Service, Mr. Wale Adeniyi when contacted said he was aware of the case but details according to him are still sketchy.
“The Seme Command Comptroller has been notified and he is working with the police for a thorough investigation. We will await a formal report from the police to enable the Comptroller-General take appropriate action. While we await this, we must state that the Service frowns at such heinous crime and perpetrators if found guilty, will be dealt with.”
Command spokesperson, Ngozi Braide, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP), confirmed the arrest but said that they did not meet on Facebook. She explained that they met at a location in the area.
Braide said the matter would be transferred to the SCID and that investigation in ongoing to establish what really happened.