In the Cross River state of Nigeria, a community known as ‘One Man’ under the local government of Akakpa, a 52-year-old man, I identified as Henry Oboh has been arrested by Cross River State Police Command for purportedly defiled a 12-year-old girl known as Faith Sunday.
According to Henry, he dragged the victim into his room and threatened to stab her with a table knife before having carnal knowledge of her, adding that some spiritual forces led him into committing the crime.
He said, “some forces pushed me to have sex with the small child. I was not myself and how I did that I cannot explain. I never planned to have it with her. Something pushed me all of a sudden and that was why I immediately surrendered myself when the police came to arrest me.
“I am ready to face the consequences of what I have done. I am seriously regretting what I did. I am a mechanic. I am married with four children.”
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Hafiz Inuwa, who paraded the suspect said, Oboh had dragged the victim into his room when her parents were not around and had carnal knowledge of her.
He said, “On June 6, 2018 at about 21.25 hours, one Faith Sunday, a 12-year-old female of One Man village in Akamkpa LGA reported at Akamkpa Police Division that on June 2, 2018 at about 13.18 hours, one Henry Oboh, of the same address, dragged her to his room when her parents were away.
“He threatened to stab her with a table knife and thereafter had unlawful carnal knowledge of her.
“The case was transferred to the CIID on June 11, 2018 for discreet investigation.
“The suspect has confessed in his statement and will be charged to court at the conclusion of the investigation.”