Rape of minors in A-Ibom by pastors, persons in authority worrisome – Police


By Chioma Onuegbu, Uyo

The Akwa Ibom state police command has decried the perpetration of the rape and defilement of minors within the State by pastors and individuals in authority.

Addressing newsmen yesterday on the police Headquarters Ikot Akpan-Abia, Uyo, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, added {that a} state of affairs the place fathers defile or rape their daughters within the state has even change into extra worrisome.

Edgal identified that following investigation operatives of the State Criminal Investigation Intelligence Department (SCIID) , Uyo on June 18, 2020 arrested one other Pastor recognized as Inimfon Inyang who lives with eight (8) women between the ages of 13yrs and 16yrs in his deliverance Centre at Nung Atim Street, Off Idoro Road and severally had illegal carnal data of one of many women that’s 15-yr-old.

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He added that on June 21, 2020, Operatives of Esit Eket division arrested one Ime Sunday of Ekpene Obo group who had repeatedly raped his 16-year-old daughter in November, which triggered the sufferer to flee her father’s dwelling to her buddy’s abode in Etinan LGA.

He added, “However, the daddy of the sufferer who persuaded her to return dwelling with the promise that she would now not be sexually violated continued in identical act after she returned dwelling.

“Also following a tip-off on 21/06/2020 at about 1: 00pm, Operatives of ‘A’ Division apprehended one Sunday Otema of Nelson Mandela Street, Uyo. Investigation revealed that the suspect lured a 10-yr-old girl to a bush and had unlawful carnal knowledge of her”.

The CP additionally identified that the minors who’re despatched out on errands and hawking often fall prey to perpetrators of rape, and warned that henceforth dad and mom and guardians who ship out their youngsters or wards to hawk can be arrested and prosecuted according to the State’s Child Rights Act.

He defined that Operatives of Ibesikpo Asutan Division two weeks in the past apprehended of 1 Gospel Timothy of Atai Essien, in Oruk Anam Local Government Area who allegedly raped a 21-yr-old lady that was despatched on an errand.

“Investigation revealed that the mom of the sufferer despatched her on an errand; however she was waylaid by the suspect and forcefully taken to his home the place he forcefully had unlawfully carnal data of the sufferer.

“The Police Command due to this fact enjoins most of the people notably dad and mom and guardians to be extra cautious of the integrity of individuals to whom they entrust their youngsters and wards.

“The Command’s recommendation is premised on the truth that a few of the minors had been sexually violated by their so-called non secular fathers or individuals in authority in the midst of hawking.

“To this end, the Command warns that any parent or guardian whose child or ward is sent out to hawk will be arrested and prosecuted in line with the provision of section 30 (2C) of the Child’s Rights Act which prohibits hiring of children for hawking and also prescribes a punishment upon conviction to 10 years imprisonment in section 30(3)”


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