Three police officers serving in the Enugu State Police command have been sentenced to seven years imprisonment each by an Enugu State High Court for raping two under graduate students of Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) on September 27, 2004.
The three policemen, who hail from Akwa –Ibom State include, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), James Utang, Emma Effiong, and Usip Asuquo, both constables .
Ruling on the matter, Wednesday, the presiding judge, Justice Louis Okereke ,said the first accused person, DSP Utang was sentenced to seven years imprisonment on a one count charge having committed the inhuman offence with only one of the girls, while the other two policemen were also sentenced to same seven years imprisonment on two count charges for having the unlawful carnal knowledge of the two girls.
It would be recalled that the two undergraduates students, Ewkweli Udoka and Ijeoma were jointly raped by the security men on the said day at the police college premises after they were taken from some where in the town and taken to the place.
After going through such a trauma, the students decided to petition an Enugu based Human Rights organisation, Centre for the Victims of Extra Judicial Killings and Torture (CVEKT), which took up the matter with the state police command as well as its top hierarchy in Abuja.
Since 2004 the matter had been on, both the victims and CVEKT had always believed that justice delayed was not justice denied as they would one day get justice which they actually got .
Our correspondent reports that at the inception of the matter, the policemen were subjected to medical screening with a view to ascertaining if they had infected the students with any venereal disease , and the result of the text indicates that one of them had HIV.