Violent protests are being reported in Port Harcourt over the escape of suspected ritualist, Ifeanyi Dike.
The suspected ritualist, who was paraded at the weekend by the Rivers States Police Command for raping and killing an eight-year-old girl in Eliozu axis of Port Harcourt, Ifeanyi Dike, escaped from police custody.
The bereaved father of the girl, Ernest Mezuwuba, said, Dike escaped from police custody shortly after writing his statement at the States Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), the same day he was paraded by the police.
The police said they have begun a search operation to apprehend the suspect and assured the public that the search would soon produce meaningful results.
The protesters, however, barricaded a section of the road in Port Harcourt on Wednesday to condemn the both the murder of the eight-year-old, and the escape of Mr. Dike.
They said the escape of the suspect was unacceptable and called on the police to produce the escapee.