Two men said to be in their seventies are currently cooling off in police custody over alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl in Akwa Ibom State. The first suspect however said the victim was his wife, whom he met in the market and married, adding that the girl moved in with him and when he went out, his friend of the same age with him, would come in and have sex with her.
Both friends were said to have slept with the victim until a heated argument ensued between them which led to a neighbour overhearing the issue. The neighbour reported the matter to the police leading to the arrest of the two friends.
According to the neighbour, who preferred not to be named, I was shocked to overhear two old men arguing about sex with a 14-year-old girl. The one that the girl stayed with accused his friend of always sneaking in to sleep with the girl any time he went out. I was worried and I decided to report them to the police. But the issue is that some boys who said they are from the area are threatening to deal with me if I don’t withdraw the case from the police.
It was gathered that the victim was already pregnant without knowing the particular man responsible for the pregnancy. Meanwhile, the police have said they are making efforts to trace the family of the girl, adding that the victim has been taken to a home run by Family Enhancement and Youths Reorientation Project (FEYReP), a pet project of the wife of the state governor, Martha Udom Emmanuel.
The police spokesman, SP Odiko MacDon, said the men would be charged to court. He ascribed the case to the level of moral decadence in the society, and called for attitudinal reorientation and urged the people to report perpetrators of such dastardly acts to the police.