The Delta State Police Command has debunked the rumours that a suspect,Louis Okandeji, who was nabbed for defilement of minor has been free.
Spokesperson of the command, DSP Bright Edafe, who divulged this in a statement on Friday, June 11, said Okandeji was nabbed for allegedly defiling a 4-year-old girl in Ogunu community, Warri.
Edafe said the suspect is still in police custody contrary to the rumours being circulated on social media, adding that the case under investigation.
“The attention of the Command as been drawn to a recent online publication credited to one Joe Israel in various social media platforms alleging that the DPO ‘A’ Division Warri released one Louis Okandeji who was arrested for allegedly defiling a three year old girl(name withheld) in Ogunu community, Warri Delta state,” he stated.
“The Command wishes to state clearly that, the victim is 4years old and not 3yrs as alleged by the publisher. The said Suspect LOUIS OKANDEJI ‘m’ 34yrs was arrested for the offence of defilement on 1st June 2021, after the mother of the victim reported at ‘A’ Division Warri that her daughter who is 4yrs old was allegedly defiled on the 1st of may 2021 by the said suspect. At no time did the Police release the alleged suspect as he is still in custody. Case is currently under investigation.
“Members of the public are urged to ignore any report contrary to the fact stated above, as such post is only aimed at discrediting the image of the Command by some disgruntled elements who are only bent on sabotaging the effort of the Delta State Police Command and also put the image of the Police in a bad light
“The CP urges online media handlers and other publishers to always contact the Delta State Police public relations officer for clarification before publishing their stories that bothers on police and security so that wrong information will not be passed to members of the public.
“While also warning those faceless groups without any professional ethics whose goal is to pull down the the good effort of the command, as the command will ensure that those who derive pleasure in spreading fake news are arrested and made to face the wrath of the law.’ he added.