From Paul Osuyi, Asaba
Two persons have been arrested for alleged complicity in the rape of a 15-year old princess and secondary school student at the palace of the Obi of Idumuje-Ugboko, Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.
The suspects were reportedly arrested at the premises of a Magistrates Court in Asaba, after several unsuccessful attempts by the police to pin them down.
A source at the state police command headquarters in Asaba said efforts were still on to arrest the principal suspect so as to unravel the true facts of the incident that had attracted several reactions.
The source said the arrested suspects made statement to the police and were detained while investigation continued, adding that the arrests reduced tension in the agrarian community.
Investigation into the case was spurred by a petition written by Walter Eziashi, a former President-General of Idumuje-Ugboko Development Union, alleging that after the rape, some royal princess and others covered up the case after sanctioning the suspect and imposing fine of four goats and N400,000 on him.
The alarm raised by Mr. Eziashi also attracted female lawyers in Nigeria, under the aegis of FIDA, and they called for thorough investigation to give justice to the teenager.
Public Relations Officer (PRO), FIDA, Delta State, Mrs. Stellamaris Mejulu, expressed delight with the arrest of the suspects and urged the police to prosecute all those linked to the case.
But Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Andrew Aniemeka rather remains silent over the arrest, saying that the matter is still under investigation.