By Davies Iheamnachor
PORT HARCOURT—It was the handiwork of the devil, said a 28-year-old man, Mr. Bethel Samuel, yesterday, while confessing to Rivers State Police officers how he raped a three-year-old girl at Rumuolumeni community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
Samuel, who said he was an aide to a Pentecostal church clergyman in Port Harcourt, told the police that he had carnal knowledge of the girl at his principal’s house.
Narrating the incident to the Public Relations Officer of the command, Nnamdi Omoni, and the Divisional Police Officer of Rumuolumini, Mr. Bethel Samuel described his action as the handiwork of the devil.
Samuel said: “It is stupidity that led me to sexually harass the little girl. If I will be given a second chance, I must surely be a good person. Police and the parents of the girl should have mercy and consider what happened as an act of the devil.
“I am the Personal Assistant to my pastor; we were organising our crusade, going out to paste crusade posters when my pastor called me to say he forgot something at home.
“He directed me to go to his house and bring some money. When I got there, I saw children playing and grabbed one of them. That was what happened.
“It is purely the handiwork of the devil. I don’t know what happened; all I know is that I am not happy with what is happening to me. I am calling on the parents and the police to have mercy on me. I am promising the government and the parents that if they allow me to go free, I will never misbehave again.”
Meanwhile, Omoni said police had placed zero tolerance on rape and other criminalities in the state.