One Mr. Sunday Etukudoh, 66 from Nnung Ikot Abianga in Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State has been apprehended by the police on the allegations of rape and impregnating of a 13-year old girl identified as Ofonime Saturday Okon who is a daughter of his cousin, according to DailyIndependent.
Ofonime is a JSS1 student of Southern Annang Comprehensive Secondary School, Ikot Okono, Oruk Anam LGA.
The suspect who is very close to the girl’s family used that loophole to suggest to her parents to deliver her to him so that she could help with domestic chores in his house. He one day threatened to stab her with a knife if the young girl refused him sex. The teenager complied and after the first attempt, it became a habitual experience. She was later confirmed to be 4-months pregnant.
When interrogated by the Crime Investigation Department at the police headquarters Ikot Akpanabia, Uyo, Etukudoh who cried, rolling on the floor, admitted to have had sex with the victim four times before the pregnancy and exposure, and promised to take good care of her till delivery.
“I have only two children and I will be very happy if her family would allow her to give birth to this child for me, I will take good care of her, I promise. Please don’t charge me to court, I would die there. I will give them whatever they want”.
Addressing our correspondent, the Akwa Ibom coordinator, National Human Rights Commission, Mr Tony Iji, said that his commission, pursuant to the 2008 Child Right Law of the state, which criminalises defilement of any kind, has been embarking on thorough sensitisation of members of the public. Such public awareness according to him brought the issue involving Etukudoh and Ofonime to the fore.
When contacted, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of CID, ACP Mike Okoli acknowledged that the crime is receiving attention but however referred the correspondent to the PPRO for further detail.