The Cross River State Police Command on Thursday, paraded a fake policeman, Idongesit Effiong, who allegedly raped a 23-year-old woman, Esther Etete.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. John Eluu, disclosed to newsmen that the victim was raped by Effiong and his two friends (now at large) on January 17 at an uncompleted building in the Ekorinim area of Calabar, the state capital and was arrested by men of the state police command same day.
Eluu said, “On January 17, 2016, One Esther Etete, came to the command with a case of alleged rape.
“She complained that she was raped by three men at Ekorinim area of Calabar Municipality.
“Immediately after taking down her statement, policemen swung into action and were able to arrest Idongesit Effiong while two of his friends ran away.
“Effiong was arrested with fake police uniform.
“Further investigation shows that the 29-year-old suspect has been using this fake police uniform to commit heinous crimes in the area, the PPRO added, noting that the police are on the search for the two fleeing suspects.
Effiong, however, denied the claims.
He told newsmen that he was not guilty of the allegation.
“I don’t even know this girl. I have not seen Etete before. This allegation of rape is baseless because I am not guilty of the crime,” he said.
The PPRO said the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigations were completed.