Police in Akwa Ibom State have arrested thee suspected criminals for rape and defilement.
State Police Public Relations Officer, Nudam Fredrick, in a statement, said following a distress call on Monday, June 8, 2020 at about 4:30pm, operatives at Abak swung into action and arrested a 38-year-old confessed cultist, one Ekemini Aya in Afaha Obong/Etim Ekpo, Abak.
He said investigation revealed that the suspect, who claimed to be a tailor, on Monday, lured one Stella Ntia, aged 14, with a sum of N1,500 to Celebrity Hotel, Abak, where he forcibly had carnal knowledge of her.
He said the suspect thereafter snatched the said money from the victim.
He added that the suspect threatened to kill the victim if she reported the incident to the police.
The police spokesman also said operatives of Nsit Atai Division on June 2, 2020, acting on a credible information, arrested a 55-year-old man, one Udo Esau of Odot 1 village, Nsit Atai Local Government Area, on the allegation that he forcefully had carnal knowledge of her step-daughter, Glory Effiong, living with him.
He said the affair resulted in pregnancy.
He said the suspect, having realised that his step daughter was pregnant, chased her out of his home.
Fredrick further said, “Similarly, following a complaint on 24th May, 2020, by a youth corps member, one Emmanuella Okpala Kosi ‘f’, aged 21, who is on primary assignment in Uyo was gang-raped by one Ofonime Emmanuel Essien ‘m’, aged 25, of No. 15 Iba Oku Street, Uyo and Frank Okon.
“Detectives of State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Uyo, swung into action and arrested one of the serial gang rapists, Ofonime Essien, while effort is on to arrest Frank Okon who is now at large.
“Investigation revealed that the victim visited her colleagues at No 15 Iba Oku Street and later took her phone to the room where the suspects are living at the same address for charging and met Ofonime Emmanuel who pretended to be asleep, while Frank Okon and two girls were in the room. However, shortly after the victim left for her colleagues’ room in the same compound, she was called by Frank Okon that Ofonime Emmanuel was awake.
“The suspects swooped on the victim and serially gang raped her as she entered the room.
“All the suspects have confessed to the crime and will be arraigned immediately.
“The Commissioner of Police warns unscrupulous sex maniacs and others engaging in sexual abuse of minors and other females to desist forthwith, as the command will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute them.”