The 23-year-old un­dergraduate of the University of Port Harcourt, Ifeanyichukwu Maxwell Dike, who was ac­cused of raping and killing an 8-year-old girl, Chikam­so Victory for ritual, has exonerated his Investigative Police Officer, Sergeant Johnbosco Okoroeze, from his escape, three weeks ago.

Ifeanyi, who was paraded yesterday, in Port Harcourt after he was rearrested at Barkin Ladi Local Govern­ment Area of Plateau State back to the Rivers State Police Command, told newsmen that he took the advantage of the dark envi­ronment at the State Crim­inal Investigation Depart­ment to escape. He pleaded for forgiveness and mercy.

Dike had killed Chikam­so and removed all her vital organs and was on his way to dispose of the remains of his victim before he was arrested by a local vigilante group in Okporo commu­nity, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.

The suspected ritual­ist had escaped from the custody of State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, after making confes­sionary statements to the crime, and was rearrested in Plateau State on Thursday last week.

Dike told newsmen that he took advantage of the darkness in the premises of SCID when he was asked to go into the cell and escaped, adding that nobody knew when he had sneaked out.

He said: “At the State Criminal Investigation De­partment, SCID, after I en­tered my statement late in the evening of the day of my first parade, my IPO asked me to go inside the cell that was when I had the oppor­tunity to run away. My IPO did not help my escape. I know what I did was wrong, please forgive me and have mercy.”

Dike disclosed that he was rearrested, when he got himself into another trouble while looking for food to eat.

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