Akwa Ibom police parades pastor on multiple rape charges
A pastor in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, has been arrested by the state police command for attempted rape.
The pastor, 33-year-old Inifon Inyang, attempted to rape a 21-year-old girl.
The state’s Commissioner of Police, Imohini Edgal, disclosed this yesterday at a media briefing at the command’s headquarters, Ikot Akpan-Abia, while parading the suspect and 11 others.
He said that the police discovered there were eight other girls between the ages of 13 and 16 living with the pastor and he had in the past repeatedly raped one of them.
Edgal said, “Following a complaint on June 18, operatives of SCIID, Uyo, arrested one Pastor Inimfon Eyo Inyang for attempting to rape a 21-year-old girl.
Investigation further revealed that the said pastor, who lives with eight other girls between the ages of 13 and 16 years in his deliverance centre, at several times had unlawful carnal knowledge of one of the minors, aged 15.”
The commissioner, who also paraded other suspected rapists, expressed dismay at the rate at which rape cases, especially from caregivers and supposed spiritual fathers, are on the increase.
He enjoined the public, particularly parents and guardians, to be more cautious of the integrity of persons to whom they entrust their children and wards.
He also warned that any parent or guardian whose child or ward is sent out to hawk would be arrested and prosecuted in line with the provision of section 30 (2C) of the Child’s Rights Act, which prohibits the hiring of children for hawking and also prescribes a punishment upon conviction to a 10-year imprisonment in section 30(3).