Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, has directed the immediate removal from the Board of the Abia State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ASOPADEC), the Director of Administration representing the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources in the board, for allegedly raping to death an 11-year-old girl.
Briefing newsmen at the Government House, Umuahia, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy said that given the heinous nature of the crime which is rape of a minor and murder, the said director has also been placed on interdiction pending the determination of his case by the police and the court.
According to the Commissioner, the state Civil Service Commission has also been directed to take necessary action as the case moves on.
He made it clear that the said suspect is only a civil servant representing the Ministry of Petroleum in the board of ASOPADEC and not a commissioner in the state government as is alleged in some quarters.
The information boss who stated that Section 358 of the Criminal Code of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is explicit on the issue of rape also revealed that the punishment for rape is life imprisonment, adding that since the victim is dead, the issue of murder comes in and the penalty for such offence is death by hanging. NIGERIAMASTERWEB