What could have made a young and virile 30-year-old man, look lustfully at a wrinkled 75-year-old woman, follows her to her farm where he grabs and pulls her to the ground, ripping off her flimsy old loin clothe in the process and proceeds to have hard and painful canal knowledge of her.
But the old woman would not go down quietly, she raised an alarm as loud as her old voice would permit while neighbours came to her rescue. Sunday Nwadiagha, was caught, with his pants down, right in the act.
The crowd that gathered did not waste any time before beating him, till he collapsed and was near the gates of heaven, when officers of the Anambra Police Command came to his rescue.
A statement by the police in Awka, said the suspect was arrested at about 4:00 p.m. on Friday, at Nkwelle Awkuzu community by joint security operation.
The statement which was signed by DSP Tochukwu Ikenga Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Anambra, said that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was caught in the act at the victim’s farm in Nkwelle Awkuzu.
“The suspect’s arrest followed an alarm raised by the old woman, which attracted the attention of passers-by and neighbours who rushed to the scene and caught the culprit”, he stated.
Ikenga added that before his arrest and handover to the police, an angry mob had already gathered and beaten Nwadiagha to a pulp.
The PPRO, however, said both the victim and the suspect had been taken to the hospital for medical attention.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Echeng Echeng, according to the PPRO reiterated the command’s campaign against mob action by members of the public, who always take the laws into their hands by administering jungle justice on suspected criminals.
“The public should endeavour to take such suspects to the nearest police station whenever they are apprehended.
“This would afford the police the opportunity to conduct appropriate investigations into the nefarious activities of suspects; and bring them to justice in accordance with extant laws,” Ikenga stated.