The police in Abia State appear to have thrown in the towel in the investigation of the “Abia-5” rape case.
In a response to a petition addressed to the Inspector General of Police by Carole Ajie, a lawyer, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge Abia State Police command Criminal Investigation Department, J.G. Micloth, who claims to be heading the investigation, said that no tangible lead or evidence has been found.
“Two arrests were made,” Mr. Micloth said in the letter. “Nothing to pin them with and both are young boys aged 20yrs.”
Describing the efforts the force has made so far, he said, “We are searching for unknown victim and suspects,” and added, “Investigation is not about magic but realistic evidence.”
He said it was “no magic to look at legs of people in a video and identify them among 70 million males in Nigeria,” and threw the challenge back in the court of critics and the victim. “It must be observed that NGOs and critics have not been doing enough to encouraged (sic) the victim to come up even thru the NGOs,” said Micloth. “Without her, nothing much can be achieved legally and investigation wise.”
[Full text of the letter]:
"Good morning Ma.
My name is J.G. Micloth, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge Abia State Police command Criminal Investigation Department.
Your petition and request dated 21st Sept. 2011 calling for investigation of the alleged rape case addressed to the Inspector General Police, copying the Commissioner of Police Abia State, has been received. Investigation into the case has been on in the past two
weeks. Am heading the team. Several visits have been made to ABSU. We have consulted the VC and checked the University records. Searches have been conducted and still on going in students Lodges. Maranatha Lodge and Duperville Lodges have been checked room to room.
Unfortunately no such names cited in the internet and press live there. None also in the University records. We have printed the picture of the girl and circulated in the campus.
We have also printed the pictures of two of those speculated to be the rapists and
circulated it.The care takers of the Lodges are cooperating well. We have spoken to the University community to assist and they are cooperating. We consulted IT experts to assist. I must admit that so far nothing tangible have been achieved in terms of valued evidence and lead.
Two arrests were made. Nothing to pin them with and both are young boys aged 20yrs. There physics don't march the men seen in the video. Their rooms, handsets etc are still being investigated.
It must be observed that NGOs and critics have not been doing enough to encouraged the victim to come up even thru the NGOs. Without her, nothing much can be achieved legally and investigation wise. We are searching for unknown victim and suspects. Investigation is not about magic but realistic evidence. We appeal to all to turn in any clue at their disposal to assist us. I have spent sleepless nights combing Uturu and Okigwe without getting much. All we can lay hands on is criticism in the press. We want more of leads and appeals to the victim. No magic to look at legs of people in a video and identify them among 70millions males in Nigeria. Will be glad to receive any valuable information. if its a true that a group has located the victim, let the group front for her. We are ready and investigation is on going......"