Tuesday, August 30, 2016 7:07 pm
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, ASP Nkeiru Nwode, said in Awka on Tuesday that the incident occurred on Aug.19 at the Church premises.
Nwode told newsmen that medical report showed that the victim sustained bruises on his neck and anus.
According to him, investigations are ongoing.
“This is a case of homosexual and unnatural offence; a situation where you have unlawful carnal knowledge of a minor.
“The young boy went for the vigil and was asked by the prophet to stay behind since it was late to return home.
“The boy obliged only to be forced by the suspect who had carnal knowledge of him through the anus,” the PPRO said.
“When the police got the information, we swung into action and went to the Church to arrest him but he was at large.
“The suspect absconded and he was nowhere to be found when information reached him that the police were seeking to arrest him,’’ he said.
Nwode said that the mother-in-law of the prophet was arrested; and that the suspect was later arrested on Aug. 25 while attempting to settle the matter outside the police case.
She described the incidence as “unfortunate” and advised parents to take proper care of their children.
However, Aboji denied the allegation, saying he only advised the boy against going home after the vigil for his safety.
The suspect said he was surprised to receive information that some irate youths with dangerous weapons had stormed his house with the allegation that he raped the minor.
On his part, the minor claimed that he woke up from sleep when the suspected rapist grabbed him by the neck and unbuckled his belt. (NAN)