In its continued fight against every form of criminality and the quest for a more peaceful Akwa Ibom State, the Police Command has declared war against sexual predators and other vices in the state and is therefore calling on parents to be mindful of the time, place and who they send their female children to, especially for spiritual counseling. This has become imperative because some of such counselors have ended up defiling them.
The girl child like her male counterpart deserves to be protected at all times. Parents should therefore also make haste in reporting every form of sexual harassment when noticed to the police or other security agencies in the state, as concealment of these crimes have only led to an increase in violations.
The Command wishes to warn perpetrators of this dastardly act to desist forthwith or be willing to contend with the full wrath of the law.
In contemporary times, the Command arrested the following persons in connection with the offences of incest and defilement:
On 7 November, 2019, one Apostle Williams Okon Bassey of 7 Ibanga Street, Uyo, an acclaimed presiding Pastor of Mount Zion Light House Full Gospel Church, Obio Imo Lane, Uyo was arrested at his residence for defiling his 20-year-old daughter, one Miss Fortune Williams Bassey.
The victim stated that her father started having sexual intercourse with her at the age of 13. The continuous sexual assault led her to become pregnant on three different occasions and the pregnancies were aborted by her mother.
She further revealed that the first time her father defiled her was in the church vestry. He threatened to place a curse on her if she dares tell anyone about his escapes. He also demands for sex before paying her school fees or catering for her needs.
On 31 October, 2019, one Anwanga Essien Udo (33) of 7 Itiam Street, Uyo, a Pastor with Restoration Bible Church, was arrested for having unlawful carnal knowledge of his 10-year- old step-daughter, one Gift Ime Okon when she was left alone with him. Rather than be a father to her, he opted to turn her to a sex machine.
Furthermore, one Nsikan Ufia Udo (46) of Nung Akpan Obio Offot, Uyo, was arrested on 28 October, 2019 for having unlawful carnal knowledge of one Destiny Uduak Hanson, a 12-year-old girl. On the said date, he called her and sent her on an errand to buy him cigarettes. On her return, he dragged her into his room and defiled her. On interrogation, he claimed he did it under the influence of alcohol.
Also, one Iniobong Okon Moses (23) of Ikot Amupe Obio Offot, Uyo, was arrested on 9 November, 2019 for defiling a 2-year-old girl, one Abasifreke Ukeme Archibong who is the daughter of his girlfriend from a previous marriage after carrying her on his laps and forcefully defiled her thereby causing her to bleed from the vagina leading to serious injuries. She has been hospitalized.
Again, one Saviour Umoh Ukpong of Akpan Etuk Street, Uyo was arrested on 14 November, 2019 for defiling a 15-year-old girl, one Nduke Eyo Bassey.
The suspect deceived the victim to be a prophet, took her to his house and defiled her despite her pleas and cries.
Discreet investigation revealed that the suspect was fond of luring unsuspecting female students to his house and defiling them.
Painfully too, one Festus Etuk and Ememobong Okon Eshiet of Ikot Akpa Eshiet Village, Onna Local Government Area were arrested on 7 November, 2019 for conspiracy and defilement.
The said Ememobong Okon Eshiet forced the victim who is an orphan to be having unlawful carnal knowledge with her husband, Festus Etuk with the intent of having children for them against her wish.
All the above suspects confessed to have committed the crimes and will be charge to court accordingly. -Dedeigbo Ayodeji