A man simply identified as Simeon, who was accused of rape, reportedly jumped into River Niger after he sighted a policeman by the river bank.
Eyewitness, Paul Ijeh said the suspect had been on the wanted lists of the police for allegedly raping a 10-year old girl in Okpanam community, adding that efforts by the police in Okpanam to track him down proved abortive when he fled the community.
It was gathered that the rape suspect a native of Okpanam community had also committed other atrocities, ranging from alleged robbery and land deals before the last straw that broke the camel’s back.
Since two months ago, our informed sources said Simeon allegedly moved into the eastern states where he occasionally calls his close friends after which he destroys his Sim Card.
Expectedly, he was said to have sighted a policeman by the head bridge while on the walk way when he allegedly jumped into the River-Niger for fear of the unknown.
The eyewitness further said passersby including motorists travelling to Onitsha were shocked to watch the suspect dive a full length into the River Niger.
But some police officers at Okpanam police who did not want their names in the print said the suspect had been on the wanted lists for alleged rape, adding that “We are not too sure he was the one who jumped into the River-Niger, we heard somebody jumped into the River Niger.”