The police in Akwa Ibom State have arrested a pastor’s son for allegedly raping a five-year-old girl.
The suspect, Victor Felix Ukpong, 29, was said to have raped the little girl in his bedroom at House 28 Okon Dan Street in Abak Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, recently when the girl’s mother temporarily left her in the custody of the pastor’s family while she went to the market, the police in the state said in a statement on Saturday.
The cleric, whose name has not been mentioned in the police statement, is a pastor to the victim’s mother, the police said.
The police spokesperson in the state, N-nudam Fredrick, said in the statement the suspect was arrested on June 2.
Five other persons have also been arrested across the state for alleged involvement in rape cases, Mr Fredrick, a chief superintendent of police, said in the statement.
One of the suspects, Edet Godwin Edet, 27, of Ikangta Ibaka in Mbo Local Government Area was said to have raped a 12-year-old whom he lured with a job offer as a salesgirl in his provision shop.
The police said the suspect worships in the same church with the victim.
The police said after he allegedly raped her, the suspect, Mr Edet accused the victim of stealing his five hundred naira just so he could send her away.
The suspect who, according to the police, has confessed to the crime, inflicted the victim with a cut on her head, using a machete.