A police constable, Belasa Iyangedue has been dismissed by the Benue State Police Command for raping a 16-year-old girl kept in detention.
While in detention for defamation at the Divisional Police headquarters, Tse Agbaragba in the Konshisha Local Government Area of the state, Iyangedue pretended to assist her but had carnal knowledge of her.
The constable reportedly went into the female cell and took her into an office where he had sexual intercourse with her against her consent.
After the incident, the girl reported the case to the Divisional Police Officer leading to the arrest of the constable. After he was arrested, the case was brought to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Makurdi.
The constable is already being prosecuted at the Magistrates’ Court, Makurdi.
The state Commissioner of Police, Bartholomew Onyeka, confirmed his dismissal to journalists on Tuesday in Makurdi.
Onyeka said, “The dismissed constable committed the crime at Tse Agbaragba Divisional Police Station, Konshisha LGA.
“The police is a disciplined organ and being the statutory organ responsible for crime and fighting crime and management, such people are not allowed to stay in the system.
“He was not only dismissed, he is facing prosecution.”