A suspected ritualist, who raped and killed an 8-year-old girl in Rivers State, Ifeanyi Dike, has escaped from police custody.

The  suspect escaped from police custody shortly after writing his statement at the States Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), the same day he was paraded by the police.

Poor power supply aided his escape.

Dike took advantage of the darkness within the SCID’s premises to escape.

The suspect was able to escape because one of the policemen on duty on Saturday night identified as John Bosco had unlocked the handcuffs for Dike to write his statement.

Dike, a 23-year-old 200-level student of the Faculty of Science, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was arrested for allegedly killing Victory Chikamso.

Dike was arrested for the death of little Victory in a case suspected to be ritual murder.  He had reportedly removed the victim’s eyes, vagina, finger and tongue, after defiling and murdering her.

The state Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed, who confirmed the incident, described it as a result of an individual negligence, noting that the report of Dike’s escape is unfortunate and an embarrassment to the police.

He said the police officer that caused the escape, Bosco, had been arrested and detained; assuring the media that they would soon track down the suspect.

The command has deployed all its arsenal to ensure Dike does not escape justice, he stated.

The CP said: “What I am saying is that it was an individual negligence that caused it. The escape happened in the presence of the complainant; that is the parent of the girl. The boy (suspect) escaped under the cover of the night.

“But we are making every effort, every move and by the grace of the Almighty God, within a short time, he will be arrested. We are not relenting. We know that this is a serious problem; it can happen to anybody".

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