Palpable tension has gripped residents of Rumuolumeni community in Obio/Akpor Local government of Rivers State.

This follows the arrest of a woman who was caught stealing pants belonging to ladies observing their periods in the community.

Joy Ikhine, 23, was caught in the act on Tuesday, January 15th by one of the women who had spread her pants in her compound after washing them.

She was handed over to the police.

The police explained that the suspect sends the stolen pants to her alleged sponsors.

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But while speaking with newsmen, the suspect reportedly admitted to stealing underwear but denied that they were stained with menstrual blood.

She said she was not into rituals as being accused, but took the pants to help the owner wash them.

She said, “Yes, they saw me with pants but some of them were my own. I only have one pant of the girl who reported me and there was no blood in the pant when I took it.

“I have explained to the police why I took the pant. I took the pant because I wanted to wash it for the girl.

“I usually help people to wash their pants.”

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