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Monday, May 30, 2016

Illegally staying Nigerian held for raping woman

Was staying without a visa; lived and moved in Goa freely, was trying to escape from the country through other routes; nabbed at Panvel railway station

PANJIM: Mapusa Police have nabbed a Nigerian national accused of raping a 31-year-old woman from Mapusa. Mapusa police arrested Kennith Upwhegha, 41, at Panvel railway station within 48 hours of the crime being committed. They were assisted by Mumbai railway police. Police sources said the accused was attempting to escape from country.
The Mapusa Police Inspector Tushar Lotlikar said that the Nigerian was staying without a valid visa. The investigation will proceed once the team reaches Goa with the accused.
He said a separate offence will be registered for violating the visa terms and conditions under the Foreigners Act.
A 31-year-old woman from Bardez was allegedly raped by a Nigerian after being kidnapped at knife point from Parra. According to the survivor’s complaint, the incident took place between 4.15pm and 7pm on Saturday. She was riding her scooter and was stopped at a junction in Parra by another scooter with two Nigerians on it. One of them sat on her scooter and took her to Assagao at knife point. She was then taken to his rented room in Doshishir at Assagao where she was allegedly raped.
Following the complaint Mapusa police inspected the site and registered the case. Teams were dispatched to Mumbai on receiving information that the accused had crossed the border and was on the way to Mumbai.
Sources said the accused kept moving and changing his location frequently. A Mapusa police team was sent Sunday evening and with the help of Panvel Police the Nigerian national was arrested on Monday afternoon.

Herald Goa News

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