Akwa Ibom State Police Command said it has arrested two suspects over alleged abduction and rape of two underaged girls in the state.
One of the suspects, Edidiong Ufe also known as ‘Isong Akpa’ an indigene of Idu Uruan, 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.
The suspect who confessed to the crime repeatedly raped the victim which led to her four months old pregnancy.
The police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Odiko Macdon disclosed this to Newsmen in Uyo, the state capital, adding that suspects would be charged to court after conclusion of investigations.
The PPRO also hinted that the command has apprehended one Iboro Ayama, an indigene of Ikot Offiong but a resident of Ini LGA over alleged rape of a 10 year old girl.
Ayama, 48 was said to have accosted his victim, the 10year old while she was going to buy something for her grandmother, dragged her to a nearby bush and defiled her.
The statement read, “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 (4) months pregnancy. The suspect has confessed to the crime.
“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 food stuffs at Affiong Aran market by her grandmother but was accosted by the suspect on her way home, dragged into a nearby bush and unlawfully defiled her”, he said.
The police spokesperson warned perpetrators of gender based violence to desist from the act, saying that long arm of the law would surely caught up with such persons.