Following the arrest and escape of a University of Port Harcourt student identified as Ifeanyi Dike who was accused of killing his neighbour’s 8-year-old daughter for ritual purpose, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside, has placed a bounty of N500,000 on the fleeing suspect’s head.
Dakuku Peterside offered to pay the sum to anyone with valuable information which would lead to the re-arrest of the fleeing criminal.
Recall that Ifeanyi Dike who was arrested on Saturday while attempting to dump the body of the 8-year-old girl identified as Chikamso, was reported to have raped, murdered and cut off vital organs from the girl’s body.
Following his arrest on Saturday, August 19, Ifeanyi Dike escaped prison on Sunday and has since been at large.
Police have since initiated a manhunt for him while the officer on duty leading to his escape has also been remanded in prison custody.
In a statement issued by the NIMASA DG’s media department, the Rivers state indigene stated: “We must all rise and condemn this heinous crime. What could an eight-year-old girl have done to deserve this wicked act? What kind of future are we trying to give our children? Are we trying to say that our girls are no longer safe? Are we saying that our girls do not have a future? Without women, we have no future.
“The onslaught on girls and women is becoming increasingly disturbing. We must protect our young girls and women. This could have happened to any family. This is deeply saddening. Please, I do not want my action to be seen through a political prism. The dastardly act should be a concern for all of us as Rivers people. Let us join hands with the police and ensure the re-arrest of Ifeanyi Dike”.