The Akwa Ibom State Police Command on Tuesday arrested a 60-year-old pastor who doubles as a traditional healer, Mr. Udo Job, for raping a 14-year-old daughter of one of his patients.
The girl had visited her sick father when the man sexually assaulted her.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Gabriel Achong, who was represented by the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mike Okoli, said the pastor sent the girl’s mother to the market and lured her into his room and forcibly defiled her.
Parading a number of other rape suspects, the police also brought before journalists 11 secondary school students who gang-raped a 19-year-old girl in an open market at Esit Eket.
Not done, they later took the girl to their room where they continued the assault.
The culprits, mainly secondary school students of National High School, Esit Eket, in an interview with journalists confessed to the crime.
Also paraded was a rape suspect, Iniebehe Ebong, who allegedly overpowered a 10-year-old girl on her way to a stream to fetch water.
The police said Ebong tied her legs to a tree, taped her mouth shut and repeatedly raped her until the girl fell unconscious and he left her in that state.
The girl was said to have been rescued by a passerby who took her to a hospital.
Another set of rape suspects, Kenneth Udofia (20) and Ifiok Mark (29) were paraded for defiling a nine-year-old native of Ikpat Akpan village in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area of the state.
“The girl was sent to buy kerosene by her mother when she was whisked away by the duo to their room where they gang-raped her a number of times before throwing her out,” the police commissioner said.