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Police Commissioner raises alarm over upsurge in rape cases

ByJohn Ighodaro
CALABAR—The Commissioner of Police, Cross River State Police Command, Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed,  has raised an alarm over what he described as the rising trend of adults raping little girls in the city, calling on residents to be alert to such negative development, so as to check it.

He also said the police have nabbed a youngman of 22, Mr Effiong Effiong,  who allegedly specialises in stealing cars and other vehicles in the state.
On the incessant rape cases, the Police Commissioner  said his command was currently investigating the incidence of rape, involving a father in his mid-50s and his less than three-year-old daughter.

The Commissioner was at a loss as to what could make a man in his 50s to continually rape his infant daughter.

“It is unimaginable. How can one explain such occurrence? Not once, not twice, not thrice, but four times. It is definitely not for enjoyment. It can’t be. I suspect that it is for ritual purposes. But we are still investigating the matter.

When we are fully convinced that it did take place, I will call a press conference,” he added.

On the youngman, who allegedly specialises in stealing cars, the Commissioner said he was “arrested by the Airport Surveillance Team, following a report by one Mrs. Mary Ubi of Asari Eso Layout Calabar,  that her Dodge Caravan car was removed from where it was packed.”

“Mrs. Ubi’s car was recovered from the suspect. On interrogation, Effiong confessed that he has a master key with which he opens all kinds of cars and other vehicles,” he added.

Other cars/vehicles recovered from Effiong’s hideout and receivers include a Mercedez Benz V-Booth with Reg. No. EH 980ABJ, Toyota Camry 22 GL with Reg. No. AL. 620 SGH.

Toyota Camry (black colour). Not registered. A C_Class Mercedez Benz with Reg. No. CL. 196 MUS among others.

The suspect Effiong Effiong, who was paraded along with the other suspect who allegedly made a master key for him at the Airport police station said he has been doing the business for quite sometime now.

According to him, “whenever I pick any of these vehicles, I usually sell them for about #300,000 or N400,000 and I use the money to take care of myself.”

The other suspect who allegedly made the master key that Effiong uses to open locked vehicles, Ernest Martins denied making the master key for Effiong. He however admitted that Effiong once came to him to make such a key and he told him he does not do that type of business and that, he however directed him to another  professional.


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