November 12, 2015

I was under the influence of evil spirit —Man, 50, who raped 2-yr-old girl

By Chioma Onuegbu

Uyo—A 50-year-old man,  identified as Okon Michael, has said that he raped a two-year-old girl while under the influence of an evil spirit.

Michael, who spoke to journalists yesterday while being paraded at the Police Headquarters, Ikot Akpan, Akwa Ibom State, is an indigene of Mbak Ekpe in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area.

He was paraded alongside other suspects arrested for offences, ranging from illegal possession of firearms, Indian hemp to armed robbery and theft.

While parading the suspects, the state Commissioner of Police, Murtala Mani, said the suspects were arrested at various locations in the state through sustained patrol and intelligence sharing.

Rapist’s story

Fielding questions from newsmen, Michael, who confessed to the crime, said that he was under the influence of an evil spirit when he committed the crime.

He said: “Even as I am standing before you, I do not know what came over me and what had really happened. Someone came to my house and told me something serious was going to happen to me but I did not take it seriously.”

Two of the suspects, Umoh Samuel and Blessing James, blamed their plight on their brother, Samuel James, who is now at large.