A 74yr old man Bassey Inyang was arrested on Monday by the police for sexually abusing a 12yr old girl.
The suspect, who resides at 14 Waddell Street, Mbukpa , Calabar, was taken away by officers of the Anti-Cult and Kidnapping Squad of the Cross River Police Command after an alarm raised by community members.
The victim was questioned by her mother who noticed some blood stains on her under wear, and she opened up that she was sexually abused by the suspect.
It was said that the victim’s mother went to confront the suspect in the aboard because the victim has contacted a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)
Mr Pendo Ned, Secretary of Ikot Edet Etim village in Efut Abua West clan in the Mbukpa area, said when they got the information, the suspect was brought before the Community Head, Muri Ebuka Ebuka.
“Before the community, the suspect confessed to the heinous crime.
“We seriously condemn such crime against minors reportedly perpetrated by the suspect; we invited the police to pick him for further interrogation,” he said.
Also, Mr James Ibor, a Child Rights Activist and Chairman of Cross River Child Protection Network, urged the police to conclude its investigation so that the suspect would face the law.
Ibor, who is also the Secretary, Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring, said he would not relent on the case until justice was duly served.
When contacted, DSP Irene Ugbo, State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), said she was yet to be briefed on the matter, and promised to follow up the investigation.