Police decry increasing child rape cases in Akwa Ibom, arrest two suspects

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Two persons have been arrested and detained by the Akwa Ibom State Police Command over alleged abduction and rape of two underage girls.

One of the suspects, Edidiong Ufe, also known as ‘Isong Akpa,’ an indigene of Idu Uruan in Uruan local government area of the state, was alleged to have abducted a 12-year-old girl from the neighbouring community of Ifiayong Usuk of same local government.

It was gathered that the suspect repeatedly raped and impregnated his victim, leading to pregnancy now four months gone. The suspect had allegedly confessed to committing the crime.

Also, another suspect, one Iboro Ayama, an indigene of Ikot Offiong but resident in Ini LGA, has been arrested by the command for allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl-child.

Ayama, 48, was said to have accosted the 10-year-old while she was running an errand for her grandmother, dragged her to a nearby bush where he allegedly defiled her.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, SP Odiko Macdon, who confirmed the incident to newsmen, expressed deep concerns about the growing cases of gender-based violence in the state saying the suspect would be charged to court after conclusion of investigations.

The PPRO said, “Based on a complaint of abduction on 11th May, 2021 at about 1:25PM, the operatives of Uruan Division swung into action and arrested one Edidiong Etm Ufe a.k.a “Isong Akpa” ‘m’ of Idu Uruan in Uruan Local Government, Area, who allegedly abducted a 12yr-old-girl, of Ifiayong Usuk, Uruan Local Government Area sometimes in November, 2020 and consecutively had unlawful carnal knowledge of her which resulted to four months pregnancy. The suspect has confessed to the crime.

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“Similarly, following a tip-off on 11/6/2021 at about 1720hrs, Operatives of Ini Division apprehended one Iboro Ime Ayama ‘m’ of Ikot Offrong, but residing at Ikot Etok Eren, Ini L.G.A who forcefully had unlawful carnal knowledge of a 10-yr-old girl hails from Edem Idim Ibakesi of the same L.G.A.

“Investigation reveals that the victim was sent to buy foodstuff at Affiong Aran market by her grandmother but was accosted by the suspect on her way home, who dragged her into a nearby bush and defiled her.”

The police spokesperson warned perpetrators of GBV to desist from the act saying that the long arm of the law would surely catch up with such persons.

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