Akaninyene Okokon has been detained by the Akwa Ibom State Police Command after he is accused of killing his 16-year-old daughter, Abasiono Akaninyene Sunday, by beating her for using his SIM card to call her boyfriend.
According to Mr. Olatoye Durosinmi, Commissioner of Police, Ikot Ebo Divisional Headquarters, agents detained the suspect after receiving reliable information.
At the police headquarters in Ikot Akpanabia, Uyo, Durosinmi spoke on Friday as the suspect and 195 other suspects were paraded. The suspects had been detained by the command for a variety of offenses, including kidnapping, theft, cultism, and pipeline vandalism.
Durosinmi said, “A total of 196 suspects have been arrested for various offences ranging from murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, child stealing, unlawful possession of firearms to pipeline vandalism, cultism, etc.
“On the 11th of December 2022, relying on credible information, operatives of Ikot Ebo Divisional Headquarters arrested one Akaninyene Sunday Okokon.
“He beat up his daughter, Abasiono Akaninyene Sunday (16), for using his SIM card to call her boyfriend until she fainted.
“The victim was rushed to a prayer house at Ikot Iya village, instead of being taken to a hospital.
“Some of these suspects have been charged to court, investigation is ongoing for some, while others have been granted police administrative bail.
“So far, six kidnapped victims have been rescued, 18 locally-made pistols and other firearms recovered, while 11 vehicles snatched at different times and places in the state have been recovered.
“On the 16th of December, at about 2pm, at Inua Eyet Mkpanak Village In Ibeno Local Government Area, operatives of the Special Investigation Bureau arrested some members of a syndicate that specializes in vandalizing petroleum pipeline.”
While fielding questions from newsmen, Akaninyene Sunday Okokon who allegedly beat his daughter to death, said he could not have killed his daughter.
He said his daughter died from a stomach upset.
He said, “I beat my daughter but she did not die when I stopped beating her.
“It was after I stopped beating her that her mother told me that she (my daughter) was having a stomach upset.”