Rivers: Witness’ absence stalls orderly trial of police officer accused of sexually abusing teenagers
The orderly trial of Inspector Salihu Kazeem, accused of stripping and taking nude videos and sexual assaulting two girls aged 17 and 18, for allegedly stealing his money in Obio/Akpor Local Council of Rivers State, was yesterday stalled, following the absence of the girls.
The Guardian learnt that the officer who has been in detention for weeks at Police headquarters, Moscow road in Port Harcourt, was already prepared for the orderly room, but was told the girls were absent.
Chairman of Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign, IK Alexander, who has been following up on the matter confirmed this to newsmen.
He said: “We did not see the girls who accused the officer, they are nowhere to be found. We called them this morning and they said they were coming, we waited for them, but we did not see them.
“They are supposed to be here to substantiate their allegation against the officer, for the orderly room to commence.
“The organisation is following up to ensure that justice is done at the end of the day, but since the girls are not here there is nothing we can do about it. We are looking forward to seeing whether there is going to be a subsequent date for the orderly room trial.”
Recall that the Police officer admitted to having consensual sex with the girls, which he paid for.
The officer also claimed the girls stole his money, which the girls had earlier denied.
The Commissioner of Police, Eboka Friday, had ordered the detention of the officer and an investigation into the matter