However, in another development a security guard, Joseph Effiong, (29) attached to a Church in Akwa Ibom has been arrested for allegedly raping a four-year-old girl.
The Commissioner of Police of the Command, Musa Kimo, made the disclosure to journalists in Uyo adding that the suspect, who works as a security guard at Royal City Central Chapel Church, Uyo, lured the victim (name withheld) to an uncompleted building and defiled her.
Penpushing further reports that, the Commissioner paraded the alleged rapist to journalists, as well as another identified as Joseph Sunday Essien of Ifa Ikot Obong who was arrested for allegedly raping his 13-year-old step-daughter (name withheld).
Similarly, another suspected paedophile, Edet Inyang Edem, was also paraded who was accused of raping a 10-year-old girl (name withheld), and thereafter abandoned her at a market in Uyo, while the police boss added that the arrest of the suspects was parts of the successes of the command.
Penpushing also reports that the Commissioner told journalists that all the suspects would be charged to court at the end of investigations.
“On the assumption of duty two months ago, I assured the good people of Akwa Ibom State of their safety, peace, and security. I also warned criminal elements to desist from criminality or leave the State because the command under my watch will have zero tolerance for criminality,” he said.
“Today, Akwa Ibom State still remains one of the most peaceful states in the country. This we have achieved via broadening our intelligence gathering mechanisms, increased visibility policing, enhancing community-based policing approach and massive deployment of personnel on a need basis, and working in synergy with sister security agencies and the state government.”